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Vol 47 No 11

Published 26th May 2006


Nigeria

Pop goes the third term balloon

With a third term for President Obasanjo blocked, there is a frantic race to find a successor

The attempt to change the constitution, allowing President Olusegun Obasanjo to stand for a third term in 2007, has failed, defeated in a Senate vote. The result damages the government and splits the ruling People's Democratic Party. Yet the third-term row, which had in recent months overshadowed all other political activity, is over and the battle to find a presidential flag bearer for the PDP may be brutal enough to break up the party. Stretching credulity, Obasanjo welcomed as a 'victory for democracy' the Senate's rejection on 16 May of the proposed constitutional amendment.

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