Nigeria power balance under watch

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

    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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