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Nigerian President sworn in despite rigged election allegations

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Nigerian President sworn in despite rigged election allegations


The new Nigerian President has been sworn in despite ongoing doubts over his legitimacy.

International election observers said last month’s Presidential poll was not credible because of widespread vote-rigging and violence.

But Umaru Yar’Adua ignored calls for a re-run after his landslide win and took the oath of office.

The handover had been billed as a democratic landmark in Africa’s most populous nation, being the first handover of power in Nigeria from one civilian leader to another.

As it was, the gloss had rather been rubbed off the occasion.

Washington and London sent only junior envoys to the ceremony in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, and not many African leaders attended either.

Political analysts fear the little known Yar’Adua will be controlled by outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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