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Scores have been killed in Muslim-Christian violence after this weekend's relatively clean presidential election, highlighting that the age of 'do-or-die' politics and 'thugs-for-hire' networks is not dead in Nigeria.
A burned out car is seen on a street in Kaduna, Nigeria, on April 19. Charred corpses with machete wounds lay in roads and smoke rose above this city where rioting broke out again among Muslim opposition supporters who were angered by the announcement that Goodluck Jonathan, the Christian incumbent president, had won the election.
Goodluck Jonathan was certified Tuesday as the winner in Nigeria's presidential election last weekend. There were deadly protests between Christians and Muslims in northern Nigeria, following Goodluck Jonathan's victory.
Nigeria recently took a major stand in the conflict in Ivory Coast. The recent presidential election has given Nigeria far more credibility as a leader in West Africa.
Despite similarities, the protests in these three African countries don't symbolize a broader movement for change in Africa.
Rioting broke out Monday after it became clear that Goodluck Jonathan had won the presidency, underscoring a deep regional divide between northern Muslim voters and southern Christians.
Goodluck Jonathan is losing support and opposition parties are gaining ground. Nigeria's ruling party may face what could be its first serious challenge in holding onto power.
As Nigeria's election results trickle in, they hint at some emerging trends, such as regionalization of parties and the growth of progressive politics.