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Vol 42 No 15

Published 27th July 2001


Nigeria

Politics dead or alive

The ruling People's Democratic Party, with 209 of the 348 seats in the National Assembly and 59 of the 103 seats in the Senate, enters the electoral race with a commanding lead and all the advantages of incumbency in the presidency and several state governorships. Nigerians want a reordering of the political landscape. Yet even if the new electoral law is passed in September and it permits new parties to be formed, the PDP's opponents have not got much time to put together cohesive national parties.

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