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22 August 2017 12:53 (South Africa)
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13 April: Former Nigerian military leader says he’ll run in 2011 elections

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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Former Nigerian military leader says he’ll run in 2011 elections

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Nigeria’s former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida, will run in the country’s 2011 presidential poll, seeking the nomination of the ruling People's Democratic Party. Babangida took power in 1985 in a coup without bloodshed, but was forced to step down in 1993 when he annulled elections, prompting nationwide strikes and protests. He wanted the PDP nomination in 2007 elections, but later withdrew his candidacy. The PDP says its choice for president will be from the mainly Muslim north, which is where Babangida comes from. He’s taken part in three coups, survived a 1990 coup attempt, and calls himself the "evil genius". Current President Umaru Yar'Adua – who’s still in his first four-year presidential term -- hasn’t been seen in public since November last year because of heart problems, so he’s likely to be out of the running. Acting President Goodluck Jonathan is from the Christian and animist south, so won’t be a candidate under the PDP's policy of alternating power between northerners and southerners, with each region having two terms.

Photo: Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, Nigeria's former President and mediator from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for the situation in Guinea, embraces Rabiatou Serah Diallo (R), leader of the National Confederation of Guinea Workers (CNTG) at the Guinean national assembly in Conakry February 25, 2007. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

Read more: The Nation, BBC

  • Branko Brkic
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

  • Africa

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