Clashes during anti-government demonstrations in capital Freetown leave at least three people dead, reports and officials say.
President Julius Maada Bio has signed the abolition bill during a ceremony in the capital Freetown after lawmakers approved the text in July.
The decision comes following a campaign launched last year after a five-year-old girl was raped by her uncle which paralysed her from the waist down.
Opposition candidate Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) won 51.81 percent of votes cast in the March 31 poll, defeating the ruling All People's Congress candidate Samura Kamara.
A wafer-thin margin separated the two frontrunners in the March 7 election when there were 16 candidates. The run-off on Saturday pits opposition challenger Julius Maada Bio against Samura Kamara of the ruling All Peoples' Congress.
The West African country will hold a run-off vote for president on March 27 after neither of the two front runners secured an outright majority in the first round.
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