Sierra Leone People’s Party
Published 17th October, 2012
The Sierra Leone People’s Party or SLPP was founded in 1951 through the merger of the Peoples Party (PP), the Protectorate Education Progressive Union (PEPU) and the Sierra Leone Organisation Society (SOS) and as such was the dominant party at the time of independence in 1961. It is the oldest party in Sierra Leone and still one of the two leading parties. It describes itself as Centre-left and believes in Social Democracy, ssocial justice and fairness as well as the one nation spirit.
The SLPP was the dominant party in Sierra Leonean politics from 1961 until 1967 when the All People’s Congress (APC) won the election narrowly. The party boycotted the 1973 general election and in 1977 were reduced to just 15 seats in the 100 seat House of Representatives.
From 1978 until 1991 it was banned but in the 1996 general election the SLPP won 27 of the 80 seats in the House of Representatives to become the largest party and its candidate, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah won the presidential election with 59.5% of the vote in the second round.
The country went through a period of turmoil in the next few years and Kabbah was briefly deposed between 1997 and 1998.
In 2002 peace was restored and the SLPP won 83 of the 112 seats in parliament. President Kabbah was also returned for a second term with 70.1% of the vote.
The SLPP lost the 2007 general election, taking 43 of the 124 seats in parliament and their candidate, Solomon Berewa, came second in the presidential vote with 45.38% of the vote.