Country of the World Sierra Leone

About the country Sierra Leone, its location, size, population, leaders and rulers.




Lay of the Land: In West Africa, Sierra Leone is bordered on the north and east by Guinea, on the southeast by Liberia, and on the southwest and west by the Atlantic Ocean. The western coastal rim of lush swampland yields to an undulating plateau and scattered hills in the east. Mountains rise to 6,000 ft. in the northeast.

Size: 27,700 sq. mi. (71,740 sq. km.), slightly larger than West Virginia.

Population: 3 million.

Who Rules: The 1971 constitution provides for a popularly elected president and a unicameral legislature.

Who REALLY Rules: Student riots in February, 1977, forced Pres. Siaka Stevens to declare a state of emergency, to clamp a 7:00 P.M.-6:00 A.M. curfew, and to schedule new national elections a year ahead of time. The unrest translated at the polls on May 6, 1977, to give the opposition Sierra Leone People's party 15 seats in Parliament. The party had boycotted the last election in 1973. Still, Steven's All People's Congress party retained power with 62 seats.

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