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Vol 51 No 5

Published 5th March 2010


Nigeria

Yar'Adua goes into extra time

The reappearance of the President has worsened the political paralysis – and the splits in the PDP government

On 3 March, the state governors decided to block a vote that could have set in motion President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s enforced resignation on medical grounds. This has won his supporters in Abuja more time but does nothing to resolve the crisis caused by the power vacuum at the centre of government. Three days earlier, Acting President Goodluck Jonathan had tried to address the crisis by appointing a 26-member Presidential Advisory Council to speed up the implementation of government policy on key issues: the amnesty in the Niger Delta, rehabilitation of the electric power grid, electoral reform and stronger anti-corruption measures.

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