Desmond Edgar Fashole Luke - NUM - 1996 - Presidential

Desmond Edgar Fashole Luke

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Edgar Fashole
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Desmond Edgar Fashole Luke (born 6 October 1935)[1] is a former politician and lawyer in Sierra Leone. Luke served as foreign minister (1973-75), Minister of Health (1977-78), and ambassador to the West Germany (1969-73), France (1971-73) and the European Economic Community (1971-73) at various points in his political career. Luke competed in the 1996 presidential election against several other candidates, eventually losing to current President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah after only receiving 1.1% of the vote in the initial round of voting. In March 1998, Luke was appointed to replace Samuel Beccles-Davies as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.[2] Luke retired from that position in 2002. He is an alumnus of Cambridge University and Oxford University. Luke was a strong supporter of Kabbah's government-in-exile after the 1997 coup by Johnny Paul Koroma. A member of the Krio and Sherbro ethnic groups, Desmond Edgar Fashole Luke[3] was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in 1935 into a high-achieving family.[1] His father, Sir Emile Fashole Luke was until 1973 Speaker of the House of Representatives in Sierra Leone.[4] Desmond Luke attended the Prince of Wales Secondary School in Freetown for two years, before going to England in 1949 to continue his education at King's College, Taunton, Somerset. From 1954 to 1958 he studied at Keble College, Oxford University (1954-58), earning a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1957,[4] but staying for a further year to study West African medieval history under the historian Thomas Hodgkin. Luke continued his studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge University (1959-61), earning an MA in Law