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Vol 49 No 3

Published 1st February 2008


Nigeria

Judgment day is coming

The courts are taking the lead in resolving the election crisis in Abuja - even if that creates new political problems

The rival factions in the political drama in Abuja agree on one thing: the legal and political battles over the legitimacy of the 2007 elections will rumble on with occasional explosions until at least the middle of the year. At stake is the future of Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's Presidency as the judges consider the weight of evidence from opposition parties claiming widespread fraud. This time the opposition parties are convinced that the volume of evidence and the independence that Nigeria's judiciary has demonstrated over the past year will work in their favour. They are sure that, for the first time in Africa at least, a panel of judges will throw out an incumbent president and call for fresh elections.

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