Unofficial translation from Russian
In Relation to Presidential Elections in Nigeria
Presidential elections were held in Nigeria on April 19, a second
election since the country's move to civilian rule in 1999.
According to official data released by the National Electoral
Commission on April 23, the incumbent head of the state, Olusegun
Obasanjo, won with nearly 62 percent of the vote. His main rival,
Mumammadu Buhari, trailed with about 32, and the rest of the
candidates got just slightly over 5 percent. International
observers of the election process have found the elections were
"valid" and proceeded "free of violence."
The voting results have shown that the process of a democratic
transformation of Nigerian society is moving forward and acquiring
a more sustainable character. The development of this positive
trend should help the consolidation of national unity, solution of
tasks of a socioeconomic character and strengthening of the
international authority of Nigeria.
April 25, 2003
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