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Vol 52 No 9

Published 29th April 2011


Better elections, dangerous politics

Fairer voting helps but fundamental reforms are needed to tackle the crisis in the impoverished north

The bloody aftermath of Goodluck Jonathan’s victory in the 16 April presidential election will require decisive action from his new government to prevent a dangerous and widening gulf between north and south. Although Jonathan, on the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), won most of his 22.5 million votes in the south, he scored enough in the north to claim a respectable national mandate, according to the results from the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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