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Nigeria votes for a new president

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Nigeria votes for a new president


Nigerians vote for a new president today, a week after parliamentary elections, and 73 million voters will again be using new fingerprint technology which appears to have made voting fairer and more transparent.

The current president, Goodluck Johnathan, is from the Christian south, and is the favourite, but he may be forced into a second round by the former dictator and favored candidate of the Muslim north, Muhammadu Buhari. However the opposition has been unable to unify around a single candidate, and an anti-corruption candidate Nuhu Ribadu may do well.

The problem for Goodluck Johnathan is that his PDP party is not popular everywhere, and he needs at least a quarter of the vote in two-thirds of Nigeria’s regions along with an outright majority to avoid a second round, when Buhari will be his likely opponent.

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