Friday, April 27, 2007

Nigeria's president-elect faces discontent

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"The just-ended elections in Nigeria, while they produced a new government, also produced a highly questionable democracy," said Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, an analyst with New York-based Eurasia group.

"We call on the international community not to recognise these discredited elections and not to confer legitimacy on any government that emerges therefrom," said Innocent Chukwuma, head of the Nigerian monitors.

The United States said it was "deeply troubled" by the violence and voting irregularities and the European Union said the vote was "not credible" and fell short of international democratic standards.

Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright, in Nigeria as the head of an observer team, said the handling of the election had marked "a step backward", but voiced hope that voter frustrations would be resolved peacefully.

Well, what did he expect? He only better heed Wole Soyinka's advice and not put himself in the position of "a receiver of stolen goods..."

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