Ex-Sierra Leone president Kabbah dies at 82

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 13 at 9:03 PM

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Ahmed Tejan Kabbah, the former president of Sierra Leone who oversaw the end of the country's brutal civil war, has died.

A nephew confirmed to The Associated Press that Kabbah died at home in Freetown, the capital, on Thursday. He was 82 years old.

Kabbah, who became president in 1996, was briefly ousted by a military coup before returning to power. He stepped down in 2007 after serving two terms in office.

Kabbah was credited by Sierra Leone's people with resisting the rebels during the insurgents' 10-year terror campaign.

His supporters also credit him with helping to bring in the U.N. and British forces that crushed the rebels from 2000 on, after their final outbreak of bloodletting.

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