On April 4, 2018, Sierra Leone democratically elected its first president following years of civil war. Peace science shows how nonviolent civil resistance during government transition is important to the health and longevity of a democracy.
In The News:
“[UN Secretary General Guterres] congratulates Mr. Julius Maada Bio on his election as the next President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and all the candidates for their contributions to the successful outcome of the electoral process…He also applauds the people of Sierra Leone for the sense of responsibility that they have demonstrated in successfully completing the elections in a peaceful manner,” said UN spokesperson.
Mr. Guterres also commended the efforts of “the national, regional and international electoral observation teams” as well as those of his “Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Ibn Chambas.”
Support From Peace Science:
- Democratic regimes that experience nonviolent resistance during the government transition phase survive substantially longer than regimes without nonviolent resistance.
- Nonviolent resistance during the transition process reduces the chance of democratic breakdown by more than 50%.
- On average, democratic regimes with nonviolent resistance campaigns during government transitions survive over nine times longer than those with violent resistance during the transition.
- “UN Chief Applauds Sierra Leoneans for Peaceful Elections; Congratulates New President”. From UN News Agency. April 5, 2018.
- Peace Science Digest Volume 1, Issue 5: “Nonviolent Resistance Creates Strong Democracies”.