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Nigerian president wants change in constitution

CALLS FOR CHANGE: Goodluck Jonathan

NIGERIAN LEADER Goodluck Jonathan will ask MPs to change the constitution so that future presidents serve a single, longer term in office rather than the current two four-year terms.

The President, who is at the start of a four-year term, has said it would not come into effect before he steps down leading some to believe that the proposed amendment would enable him to extend his term in office.

"If the proposed amendment is accepted by the National Assembly, the president assures that he will not in any way be a beneficiary," read a statement from Mr Jonathan's office

“Mr Jonathan was concerned about the acrimony which the issue of re-election every four years generates,” it continued.

Reports say Mr Jonathan did not specify how long the new term should be, but according to reports, the new single term is thought to be for six years.

After it was announced that Mr Jonathan, a Christian from the oil-producing Niger Delta, had won April’s election with 60 percent of the votes, some 500 people were killed and it was reported that thousands of people were forced from their homes and some mosques and churches set on fire.

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