Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nigeria's leader swears in new cabinet

Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan installed his new cabinet on Tuesday, appointing senior Goldman Sachs executive Olusegun Aganga as his new finance minister. Jonathan also named former mines minister Deziani Allison-Madueke and Godsday Orubebe as the new oil and Niger Delta ministers.

With his own team now in place, Jonathan can assert his authority and revive key reforms that have stalled since ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua stepped away from the public eye last November.

With only 13 months of the presidential term left, Jonathan has focused the OPEC member's political agenda to include electoral reforms, security in the oil-producing Niger Delta, providing more reliable electricity and fighting corruption.

The new ministers, which include 13 returnees from the outgoing cabinet, will be critical in achieving these goals in Africa's most populous country.

Washington Post

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