Nigeria power balance under watch

Unwritten political rule means country's new Christian president may pick Muslim deputy.

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    Goodluck Jonathan, Nigeria's new president, who was sworn into office just days ago, is set to nominate a vice-president early next week for Africa's most populous nation.

    But geopolitical divisions are expected to play a vital role in the nomination due to an unwritten rule of power balance between the predominantly Muslim north and majority Christian south.

    The ruling People's Democratic Party has long maintained a geopolitical zoning system for choosing their leadership. 

    And now all eyes are on Jonathan, a Christian, as he prepares to choose a deputy.

    Yvonne Ndege reports from Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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