Britain's power change-over a lesson in democracy: Nigeria

12th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

The swift resolution of an election deadlock that saw David Cameron storming to power as Britain's prime minister should be a lesson for developing democracies, Nigeria's new leader said on Wednesday.

President Goodluck Jonathan, in a statement congratulating Cameron, praised "the process that saw to the eventual victory of the Conservative Party".

"The decisive manner in which the budding stalemate was resolved is loaded with lessons for developing democracies," he said in a statement.

Jonathan has vowed to clean up Nigeria's reputation of flawed elections in next year's presidential vote.

He said he looked forward to working with Cameron to bolster the "excellent age-long" ties between the two nations.

Oil-rich Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, is a former colony of Britain. It marks its 50th independence anniversary in October.

© 2010 AFP

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