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Jonathan Set to Be Declared Nigeria President After Victory

Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan may be formally declared the winner of Nigeria’s presidential election after winning almost twice as many votes as his closest rival, while opposition protests spread in six northern cities.

With results for all 36 states released, Jonathan won 22.5 million votes and led in 21 states, compared with 12.2 million for his closest rival, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, who won 12 states, the electoral commission said. The Washington-based International Republic Institute observer group called the vote “a major step forward in advancing Nigeria’s democracy.”