New opposition to challenge in Nigeria

2013-04-18 21:58


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Lagos - Three opposition political parties in Nigeria are creating a single, unified front to challenge the oil-rich nation's leaders ahead of the next presidential election.

The Action Congress of Nigeria, the major political party in southwest Nigeria, voted on Thursday to join the All Progressives Congress. Two political parties in Nigeria's Muslim north, the Congress for Progressive Change and the All Nigeria People's Congress, also plan to join the new party.

Together, the new party could pose the first serious political challenge to the ruling People's Democratic Party, which has controlled Nigeria since it became a democracy in 1999. However, it is unclear whether the new coalition will be able to remain unified with disparate leaders who each have ambitions.

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