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Wednesday, 15 May, 2002, 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
In pictures: Sierra Leone counts votes
Votes are being counted in Sierra Leone following elections that are expected to give the war-torn country a new start after a decade of bloodshed.

President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has taken a big lead in early results in his bid for re-election against eight other candidates, including former rebels from the Revolutionary United Front Party.

An election officer puts indelible ink on the toe of an amputee voter
Those whose arms were hacked off during the war had to vote using their toes

A supporter of President Kabbah reacting to  election news on the radio as he took an early lead
Celebrations - and disappointment - as early results start to trickle in

Queue of voters
People were eager to vote and started queuing early in the morning

UN troops restore order after fighting on Saturday
Sierra Leone hosts the world's largest UN peace-keeping force

Youths playing soccer on a beach in the capital Freetown
Peace has returned to Freetown but the future remains uncertain
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