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     28.04.2003

     Unofficial translation from Russian

PRESS RELEASE
In Relation to Presidential Elections in Nigeria

1000-25-04-2003  

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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