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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari re-elected president | TIME ONLINE

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari remains in office. He received 56 percent of the vote in the presidential election. The opposition speaks of fraud.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari remains President.
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In the presidential election in Nigeria, incumbent Muhammadu Buhari emerged victorious. According to official figures, the 76-year-old received 56 percent of the vote. He had therefore about four million votes ahead of its main challenger Atiku Abubakar, who came to 41 percent of the vote. The turnout was around 40 percent.

The election was overshadowed by violent incidents involving at least 53 dead. Election observers criticized the election as unorganized, voters intimidated and electoral materials destroyed. The opposition spoke of heavy electoral fraud in favor of Buhari. The vote had been postponed by a week at the last minute in mid-February.

Buhari has governed Africa's most populous country since 2015. In the election campaign, he promised a tough fight against corruption and improved security. Critics accuse him that he had already announced this in the 2015 election campaign and had done little since then.

The Islamist group Boko Haram regularly perpetrates attacks in Nigeria. The country continues to struggle with the consequences of a recession. It is estimated that 87 million of the 190 million people live on less than $ 1.90 a day. Corruption and rapid population growth make the fight against poverty difficult.

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