Nigerian President Sworn In

Published on Sunday 29th May 2011

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been sworn in for his first full term in office.Jonathan was inaugurated in Abuja Sunday in front of thousands of dignitaries, including several African heads of state.The president's challenge is to unite a country divided by last month's post-election riots that left more than 800 people dead.
Jonathan was elected in April, in a vote the opposition has challenged as fraudulent.  The president first came to power in May of last year, following the death of President Umaru Yar'Adua, who died just three years into his term.Jonathan's election campaign was opposed by northern Muslims, who thought another Muslim should be elected to replace Mr. Yar'Adua.Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party has a tradition of rotating its presidential nominations between Muslims from the north and Christians from the south.
Jonathan, a Christian, has a Muslim vice-president, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, who will also take the oath of office Sunday.Nigeria has a population of 140 million that is divided roughly evenly between Muslims and Christians. The country has endured periodic sectarian violence, primarily in the central region where the two groups often live side-by-side.



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