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Rebel Attacks, Slowing Economy Overshadow Close Nigeria Vote

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Nigerians vote on Saturday for the president and parliament in a closely fought election after a campaign that’s been dominated by a slowing economy and a war against Islamist militants.

The election is testing the stability of a country with an almost $500 billion economy, Africa’s biggest, that’s been hit by a fall in prices for oil, its main export, and a weakening currency. Attacks by the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, have killed at least 1,000 civilians this year, according to Human Rights Watch, and prompted a six-week vote delay after the government said it needed time to subdue the insurgents.