Great news: Ousted VP of Sierra Leone requests asylum from U.S.

Great news: Ousted VP of Sierra Leone requests asylum from U.S.

[Ed. – Bonus! His bodyguard died of Ebola in February.]

Sierra Leone’s Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana said he had requested asylum at the U.S. embassy in Freetown after soldiers surrounded his home on Saturday following his expulsion from the ruling party last week.

Sam-Sumana was expelled from President Ernest Bai Koroma’s All People’s Congress (APC) party after an investigation accused him of creating his own rival political movement and fomenting violence in his home region of Kono, in diamond-rich eastern Sierra Leone.

He has denied the allegations – which also included charges of lying about his academic credentials and his Muslim faith – and rejected calls for him to resign.

His expulsion from the party has stirred confusion as Sierra Leone’s 1991 constitution only allows the dismissal of the vice president with the vote of two-thirds of parliament, but it does require the office holder to belong to a political party. …

“I have fled my house and am with my wife in a place I cannot disclose, waiting to hear from the U.S. ambassador, whom I have asked for asylum,” Sam-Sumana told Reuters. …

In late February, Sam-Sumana said that he was placing himself in a 21-day quarantine after one of his bodyguards died of Ebola amid a surge in new infections in the West African country.

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