In his victory speech, Mr. Hassanyeh promised to continue to work in the interest of all the members of the Lebanese Community in Sierra Leone. “From today, I am the President of all the members of the Lebanese Community in Sierra Leone…I call on all of you to support me to succeed,” Mr. Hassanyeh said.
Mr. Hassanyeh has been re-elected for a two year period. However, many of his supporters believe that he will step down before the end of his mandate to make way for a younger person to succeed him. Many members of the Lebanese Community in Sierra Leone see the well-known Lebanese diamond exporter, Hisham Mackie as the next Lebanese Community president-in-waiting.
Speaking to journalists, Mr. Samir Hassanyeh thanked all those who voted for him and called on those who voted against him to join him in transforming the Lebanese Community in Sierra Leone.
Mr. B.M. Kodami (Big Joe), a prominent supporter of Samir Hassanyeh described the election as “peaceful and orderly”.
“I can confirm that, Mr. Hassanyeh will fight very hard to unite the Lebanese Community in Sierra Leone”, Mr. Kodami said.