As Nigeria’s New President is Sworn In, IRI’s Mark Green Looks at the Country’s Transition in The Hill
Nigerian political transition sets model for other African elections
By Former Amb. and Rep. Mark Green (R-Wis.), contributor
On May 29, Nigeria will experience, for the first time in its history, a peaceful transfer of power between two political parties. Since 1999, when the then-government of Nigeria allowed new political parties to form, Nigeria has been governed by one party, the People’s Democratic Party. In March, Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, the candidate of the opposing coalition party, All Progressives Congress, succeeded in winning the presidential election, marking a critical juncture in the democratic transition timeline of this African country.
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