Nigerian court rules VP can perform Yar'Adua's duties

A Nigerian federal court ruled that Vice President Jonathan can perform the executive duties of ailing President Yar'Adua.

Nigerian court rules VP can perform Yar'Adua's duties

A Nigerian federal court ruled on Wednesday that Vice President Goodluck Jonathan can perform the executive duties of ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua, who is in hospital overseas, without a formal transfer of power.

"The court verdict has now empowered the vice president to start assuming the powers of an acting president," said Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa.

It was not clear whether the vice president would begin performing executive duties for the president. Officials at the vice presidency were not immediately available for comment. Jonathan has been representing Yar'Adua at cabinet meetings and official functions but executive powers have not been transferred to him, leading to questions over the legality of decisions made by the government in Yar'Adua's absence.

The president made his first public comment on Tuesday since being hospitalised more than seven weeks ago in Saudi Arabia for a heart condition, saying he was recovering and hoped to return home soon.

Reuters

Last Mod: 14 Ocak 2010, 08:15
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