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Vol 52 No 1

Published 7th January 2011


Nigeria

Electric elections

The accidental President Goodluck Jonathan takes on the northern establishment, with unpredictable results

All the ingredients in the presidential and parliamentary elections due in April make for a fierce political battle. The dominant national party for over a decade is losing its grip and its internal divisions are deepening; a stridently independent head of the electoral commission says he will refuse to endorse false poll results; powerful economic interests are fighting reforms in the financial and oil sectors; and there is a rising tide of militia violence stretching from the oil rich Niger Delta through the Middle Belt to the far north.

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