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Goodluck Jonathan set to announce new cabinet.

Last Updated: 3/22/2010 7:55:43 PM

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Lobbying is set to have reach fever pitch in Abuja as Goodluck Jonathan is said to be close to completing his new lists of ministers following his dissolution of the Federal Cabinet last week.....

Jonathan set to announce new cabinet
Jonathan set to announce new cabinet

Nigeria's Acting President Goodluck Jonathan held final consultations with senior ruling party officials and state governors on Monday as he decides who should be in his new cabinet, presidency sources said.

Jonathan sacked all government ministers last Wednesday in a bid to assert his authority a month after assuming executive powers and the fast appointment of a new team could do much to alleviate uncertainty in Africa's most populous nation.

Presidency sources have said Jonathan will submit his list of nominees by the end of Tuesday to the Senate for approval and that he is likely to reappoint around half of the outgoing cabinet.

"The nominees have sailed through security screening so the list will definitely go to the Senate by today or tomorrow," one of the presidency sources said, asking not to be identified.

Jonathan took over as acting head of state in early February, ending months of near-paralysis in government due to the absence of President Umaru Yar'Adua, who was receiving treatment for a heart ailment in a Saudi clinic.

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