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Nigerian Senate says VP should be acting president
February 9, 2010 / 11:01 AM / 8 years ago

Nigerian Senate says VP should be acting president

ABUJA, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Nigeria’s Senate on Tuesday passed a motion that Vice President Goodluck Jonathan should be acting president in the absence of the African oil producer’s ailing leader. “The Vice President ... shall henceforth discharge the functions of the office of the president, commander in chief of the armed forces of the federation, as acting president,” the motion said.

President Umaru Yar'Adua has been in Saudi Arabia for more than two months receiving treatment for a heart condition but has not formally transferred power to Vice President Jonathan, triggering confusion over who is in charge. (For more Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: ) (Reporting by Camillus Eboh; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Matthew Tostevin)

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