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Nigeria: Cabinet dissolved

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  1. Ab-Titchaz

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    Nigeria leader Goodluck Jonathan dissolves cabinet


    Goodluck Jonathan assumed executive powers on 9 February

    Nigeria's acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, has dissolved the country's cabinet.

    Mr Jonathan became acting president in February amid the continuing illness of President Umaru Yar'Adua.

    Mr Yar'Adua went to Saudi Arabia for treatment in November last year and, despite returning to Nigeria recently, has not been seen in public.

    The cabinet was picked by Mr Yar'Adua and correspondents say Mr Jonathan is now trying to stamp his own authority.

    'No reason'

    Information Minister Dora Akunyili said after a cabinet meeting: "Today, the acting president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, dissolved the Federal Executive Council (cabinet).

    He did not give us any reason for the dissolution. Permanent secretaries will take charge of the ministries from tomorrow."

    Ms Akunyili said that Mr Jonathan would issue a statement soon on the future make-up of the cabinet.
    Mr Jonathan will have to submit the list of new ministers to the National Assembly.

    It was only on 9 February that the assembly appointed Mr Jonathan as acting president, allowing him to sign legislation, chair cabinet meetings, reshuffle ministers and release oil funds.

    Since he assumed power he has been faced with serious communal violence between Muslim and Christian groups near the city of Jos that has left hundreds dead. On Wednesday, at least 10 people were killed in an attack on a mainly Christian village near Jos.

    Armed groups who say they are fighting for a fairer share of oil wealth have also continued their campaign in the Niger Delta.

    On Monday two car bombs exploded in the oil city of Warri, where officials were in talks over an amnesty for militants.

    Election candidate

    President Yar'Adua was treated in Saudi Arabia for what his doctor described as acute pericarditis, an inflammation of the sac surrounding the heart. There are no details of his current condition.

    Amid the continuing uncertainty over Mr Yar'Adua, it was announced on Tuesday that next year's presidential election could be brought forward by three months.
    Mr Yar'Adua's term of office expires in May 2011 but he is not expected to stand again.

    The ruling People's Democratic Party, to which both Mr Yar'Adua and Mr Jonathan belong, has a policy of alternating between Muslim and Christian presidential candidates, allowing each to serve two four-year terms.

    Mr Yar'Adua, a Muslim, was elected in 2007 after Olusegun Obasanjo, a Christian, had ruled for eight years.

    The People's Democratic Party this month confirmed that a Muslim would be the candidate next year to continue this policy, ruling out Mr Jonathan, a Christian.

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    Hivi na hapa nyumbani Rais huwa anapeleka majina ya mawaziri anaowapendekeza Bungeni ili kujadiliwa na Wabunge?
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    Hapana hapa kwetu ni Waziri Mkuu anapelekwa bungeni kupitishwa na Bunge. Rais akishashauriana na waziri mkuu akateua mawaziri wanapeta tu. Kama wangepitishwa na Bunge baadhi yao wasingepita. Mfano ni Mhe. Chenge alivyoteuliwa na kurudi katika baraza la mawaziri baada ya Lowassa kuachia ngazi. Malalamiko yalikuwa mengi dhidi yake hivyo Bunge lisingempitisha. Uganda mawaziri, majaji na mabalozi upitishwa na Bunge. It is a high time we did it here.
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    There has been talk of a cabinet reshuffle for weeks now, ever since the national assembly moved Goodluck Jonathan to acting president. But few people expected the wholesale dissolution that came on Wednesday.
    Not all ministers will lose their jobs - some will be reappointed, but this kind of sweeping change makes it clear the acting president is trying to assert his control over the cabinet made up largely of President Yar'Adua's appointees.

    The president is still too ill to return to his job, but the prospect that he might has prompted some commentators to argue that Goodluck Jonathan has overstepped his constitutional powers. But others say it was the only way the acting president could get a grip on the country's mounting social, economic and political problems.
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    Siku Yar'Adua akipona (kama atapona) anaweza akafa kwa mshtuko...