democratically elected president
of Sierra Leone
in 1996. He was ousted
by a military coup
in 1997. Kabbah spent nearly a year in exile
before a coalition
of West African troops
called ECOMOG (Economic Community
of West African States
Monitoring Group] returned him to power
Kabbah's influence is pretty much confined to the borders of Freetown given that much of the country is controlled by rebels like the Revolutionary United Front since the civil war broke out in 1991.
A relative peace was established in Sierra Leone in 1999 but was pretty shortlived given that something like 500 United Nations peacekeepers were taken hostage shortly after.
Ahmed Kabbah has also worked as an official with the United Nations Development Project and as a lawyer with his own practice.