19 May 2010

New deputy president confirmed in Nigeria

8:13 am on 19 May 2010

The Nigerian parliament has confirmed the candidate chosen by President Goodluck Jonathan to become his deputy.

In a stormy session, Namadi Sambo - the governor of the northern state of Kaduna - was confirmed as vice-president.

The BBC reports Mr Sambo is seen as weak and inexperienced in his home state of Kaduna. His administration is criticised as corrupt.

However, he is a northerner who maintains the regional balance.

President Jonathan, a southerner, was sworn in earlier this month after the death of Umaru Yar'Adua.