Leaders of Sierra Leone
(Republic of Sierra Leone)
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Look for biographies of the leaders (in Spanish) at CIDOB website.

Note: From the declaration of independence, on Apr 27, 1961, to the proclamation of the Republic, on Apr 19, 1971, the head of State was the Brirish monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a Governor-General. Prime ministers ruled with strong executive powers in this period.

Parties: SLPP: Sierra Leone People's Party; APC: All People's Congress


Heads of Government
Prime Ministers
Milton Augustus Margai       27 Apr 1961 - 30 Apr 1964 (+1964) SLPP
Albert Michael Margai        30 Apr 1964 - 17 Mar 1967 (+1980) SLPP
Siaka Probyn Stevens         17 Mar 1967 - 21 Mar 1967 (+1988) APC
David Lansana                21 Mar 1967 - 24 Mar 1967 (+1975) military 

Chairmen of the National Reform Council
Ambrose Patrick Genda        24 Mar 1967 - 27 Mar 1967         military 
Andrew Terence Juxon-Smith   27 Mar 1967 - 19 Apr 1968 (+1996) military

Prime Ministers
Patrick Conteh               19 Apr 1968 - 20 Apr 1968         (acting)  
Siaka Probyn Stevens         26 Apr 1968 - 21 Apr 1971 (+1988) APC
Sorie Ibrahim Koroma         21 Apr 1971 -  8 Jul 1975 (+1994) APC 
Christian Kamara-Taylor       8 Jul 1975 - 15 Jun 1978 (+1985) APC  

Heads of State
Governors-General
Maurice Henry Dorman         27 Apr 1961 - 27 Apr 1962 (+1993)
Henry Lightfoot Boston       27 Apr 1962 -    Apr 1967 (+1969)  
Andrew Terence Juxon-Smith      Apr 1967 - 18 Apr 1968 (+1970) (acting)
John Amadu Bangura           18 Apr 1968 - 22 Apr 1968 (+1971) (acting)
Banja Tejan-Sie              22 Apr 1968 - 31 Mar 1971 (+2000)  
Christopher Okoro Cole       31 Mar 1971 - 19 Apr 1971 (+19..) (interim)

Presidents of the Republic
Christopher Okoro Cole       19 Apr 1971 - 21 Apr 1971 (+19..) 
Siaka Probyn Stevens         21 Apr 1971 - 28 Nov 1985 (+1988) APC
Joseph Saidu Momoh           28 Nov 1985 - 29 Apr 1992 (+2003) APC         

Chairmen of the National Provisional Defence Council
Yahya Kanu                   30 Apr 1992 -  1 May 1992 (+1992) military
Valentine Esegragbo Strasser  1 May 1992 -    Jul 1992         military (1)

Chairmen of the Supreme Council of State 
Valentine Esegragbo Strasser    Jul 1992 - 17 Jan 1996         military 
Julius Maada Bio             17 Jan 1996 - 29 Mar 1996         military (2)

President of the Republic
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah           29 Mar 1996 - 25 May 1997 (+2014) SLPP

Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council
Johnny Paul Koroma           26 May 1997 - 12 Feb 1998 (+2003) military (3)

Presidents of the Republic
Ahmad Tejan Kabbah           10 Mar 1998 - 17 Sep 2007 (+2014) SLPP
Ernest Bai Koroma            17 Sep 2007 -                     APC

(1) Also styled Head of State since 6 May 1992.
(2) Also styled head of State.
(3) Self-styled head of State since 17 Jun 1997.

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