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Party endorses president

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan was selected unopposed as the ruling People's Democratic Party candidate for the presidential election due on Feb. 14.

Jonathan, who was endorsed by the party's national executives on Sept. 19, was unanimously selected by thousands of delegates at a party convention Thursday in Abuja, the capital, after running as the sole candidate of the PDP. The PDP has won all of Nigeria's general elections since Africa's top oil producer ended more than 15 years of military rule in 1999.

Jonathan, 57, a southern Christian from the oil-rich Niger River delta, succeeded Umaru Yar'Adua, a northern Muslim, after his death in office in 2010. He won a fresh mandate a year later. - Bloomberg