Nigerian Senate president lists ministerial nominees

20:56, March 24, 2010      

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Nigerian Senate President David Mark on Wednesday listed 33 ministerial nominees after the government was dissolved last week.

The listed officials were nominated by Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, who sacked the government last Wednesday in a bid to consolidate his grip on power after taking over the duty from ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua.

The list is part of the new government for approval by the Senate, which includes nine members of the outgoing cabinet and a banker.

The Senate leader said the nominees were only "the first batch" for appointment before a second to be submitted for confirmation. More than 40 ministers are expected in the government in the making.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, was without President Yar'Adua for 93 days due to his illness.

Yar' Adua left the country on Nov. 23 to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for medical treatment.

The president returned to the country on Feb. 24, but has never been seen in public.

The Nigerian National Assembly on Feb. 9 empowered Vice President Jonathan to take over the mandate as acting president.

Source: Xinhua
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