Thursday, October 23, 2014

Nigerian Elections 2011

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Next month some 70 million Nigerians will vote in what many see as Africa's most important presidential elections this year.

Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan - who came into office in 2009 following the death of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua - of the People's Democratic Party is the overwhelming favourite to win a second term in office in contravention of the "zoning pact" to designed to alternate the presidency between Christians and Muslims.

In this guide written for the Royal African Society-African Arguments, I analyse the background to the elections and outline some of the key challeneges facing Nigeria's next president, including the importance of an election cleaner than the widely criticised 2007 electionethnic and religious tensions, ongoing conflict in the Niger Delta region and tackling youth unemployment in advance of predicted population growth.

The full guide is available here