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Sierra Leone's incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma waves to supporters after voting in the capital Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Sierra Leone's incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma waves to supporters after voting in the capital Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Sierra Leone's incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma waves to supporters after voting in the capital Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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Sierra Leone's incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma (C) waves to supporters after voting in the capital Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Sierra Leone's incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma (C) waves to supporters after voting in the capital Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Sierra Leone's incumbent President Ernest Bai Koroma (C) waves to supporters after voting in the capital Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penney
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A woman casts her ballot during presidential elections in Freetown, Sierra Leone November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny

A woman casts her ballot during presidential elections in Freetown, Sierra Leone November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny

A woman casts her ballot during presidential elections in Freetown, Sierra Leone November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny
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A ballot for presidential elections is seen at a polling station in Freetown, Sierra Leone November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny

A ballot for presidential elections is seen at a polling station in Freetown, Sierra Leone November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny

A ballot for presidential elections is seen at a polling station in Freetown, Sierra Leone November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny
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Poll workers wait for voters during presidential elections in Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny

Poll workers wait for voters during presidential elections in Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny

Poll workers wait for voters during presidential elections in Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny
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Men queue to vote during presidential elections in Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny

Men queue to vote during presidential elections in Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny

Men queue to vote during presidential elections in Freetown November 17, 2012. REUTERS/Joe Penny
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