Nigeria approves opposition merger ahead of 2015 election
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Supporters of the Congress for Progressive Change, one of the three Nigerian opposition parties planning a merger. The others are the Action Congress of Nigeria and the All Nigeria Peoples Party. Nigeria’s electoral agency on Wednesday approved the merger of three leading opposition parties ahead of presidential polls in 2015, potentially setting up a stiff challenge to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The parties have been plotting the merger for months in a bid to win power from President Goodluck Jonathan’s PDP. Previous votes in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, have been marred by violence and irregularities, but the 2011 poll won by Jonathan was seen as a major improvement.
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