Freetown – Sierra Leone’s fired vice president says his removal by the president was unconstitutional, and he will challenge it in the country’s supreme court.
President Ernest Bai Koroma fired Samuel Sam-Sumana on Wednesday, citing the vice president’s recent expulsion from their political party.
In a statement released late on Wednesday, Sam-Sumana said he received the news with “shock and dismay”.
He said his legal team told him the president has no power to relieve him of his duties. Sam-Sumana signed the statement as the “elected vice president of Sierra Leone.”
He sought asylum with the US Embassy, which encouraged him to work out his differences with the government.