Nigeria: Surviving a Severe Test

The world's fourth largest democracy re-elects its President

It was a proud day for Nigerians, the second presidential election since the country returned to civilian rule in 1979. From the dense rain forests of the southern delta to the desert in the north, they turned out in record throngs by car, camel and canoe to vote at some 160,000 polling stations. Belying their reputation for volatility, Nigerians waited patiently in lines for up to eight hours to have their say in their country's government. By the end of the day, 25.4 million voters had placed their thumbprints in indelible purple...

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