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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sierra Leone Coup

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone () -- Sierra Leone's military leader was ousted by fellow officers in a coup Tuesday, six weeks before he planned elections to return the country to civilian rule, state-run radio reported.

There were no reports of bloodshed, and the ousted leader, Captain Valentine Strasser, was promised safe passage out of his war-torn country.

A statement read Monday afternoon said Strasser had been replaced by his former closest associate in the military junta, Brigadier Julius Maada Bio. Kargbo said some in Strasser's military junta had decided a coup was necessary to ensure a safe transition to civilian rule.