Federal Republic of Nigeria

Note: Vice President Goodluck JONATHAN (People’s Democratic Party) was appointed acting president on February 9, 2010, by the National Assembly to temporarily replace Umaru Musa YAR’ADUA (People’s Democratic Party) who had been incapacitated due to illness since November 2009.

Political Status: Independent member of the Commonwealth since 1960; republic established in 1963; civilian government suspended as the result of military coups in January and July 1966; executive presidential system established under constitution effective October 1, 1979; under military rule following successive coups of December 31, 1983, and August 27, 1985; constitution of Third Republic promulgated May 3, 1989; existing state organs dissolved following military takeover of November 17, 1993; 1979 constitution restored and Provisional Ruling Council established on November 21, 1993; current constitution ...

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