Incumbent Wins Nigeria Election, Progress and Stability Expected


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ILE IFE, NIGERIA – Goodluck Jonathan, 64, won re-election this weekend with more than 60 percent of the national vote. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which was widely praised internationally, reported few irregularities as Nigerians collectively hoped the peaceful elections would be a sign of a more stable future.

In the Muslim-majority north, violence erupted last night as news spread that the former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari, would not become the next president. While Jonathan carried most states, Buhari dominated votes in the north.

Still, most praised what has been Nigeria's most peaceful election in history and say it is a sign of progress for the once-troubled nation.