Nigerian parliament confirms Sambo as vice president

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Nigeria’s parliament on confirmed Kaduna state Governor Namadi Sambo as vice president of Africa’s most populous country.

“The Senate hereby confirms the nomination of Architect Namadi Sambo as the Vice President of the Government of the Federation,” Senate President David Mark said.

President Goodluck Jonathan, who was sworn in this month after the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, surprised many by not choosing as his deputy a political heavyweight who would be well positioned to contest the presidency in 2011.

As a relative newcomer to national politics, Sambo is not seen as an obvious contender for next year’s presidential elections and his appointment could clear the way for a run by Jonathan himself. -Reuters