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Government, Executive

federal character, Cabinet appointments, total vote, presidential elections, plurality

The president is elected to a four-year term by receiving a plurality of the total vote and at least one-fourth of the vote in at least two-thirds of the states. The president’s running mate becomes vice president for the same term. Cabinet appointments, made by the president and approved by the Senate, are constitutionally required to reflect Nigeria’s “federal character,” that is, the country’s cultural diversity. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo won February 1999 presidential elections.



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federal character, Cabinet appointments, total vote, presidential elections, plurality, Senate, vice president, thirds, states

 
 

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