Sierra Leone Names New Vice President After Predecessor Fired

Sierra Leone named a new vice president, about two days after the previous holder of the post in the West African nation was dismissed following a dispute with President Ernest Bai Koroma.

Victor Bockarie Foh, a former ambassador to China, is Koroma’s new deputy, Abdulai Bayraytay, a spokesman for the ruling All People’s Congress, said in the capital, Freetown. Foh replaces Samuel Sam Sumana, whose removal was announced by the state-owned Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corp. earlier this week.

Sumana was expelled from the ruling party earlier in March for “anti-party” activities, including charges that he lied about his credentials and background, which he has denied.

Government troops surrounded his home on March 14, forcing him to flee and attempt to seek asylum with the U.S., he said in a phone interview the same day from Freetown, where he was in hiding. The U.S. State Department said in a March 15 e-mail that Sumana was at a location other than their embassy.

The country’s main opposition, the Sierra Leone People’s Party, has described Sumana’s firing as unconstitutional and vowed to challenge it in parliament and court.

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