March 17th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Nigeria's acting president sacks Cabinet

Nigeria's acting president dissolved his Cabinet on Wednesday, asserting his authority over the country's government while ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua remains sidelined.

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan has served as Nigeria's acting leader since Yar'Adua went to Saudi Arabia for treatment of a heart condition in November. The shakeup follows recent demonstrations calling for Yar'Adua to  either resign or be removed from power and end a vacuum that has lingered since his illness.

No replacement ministers were immediately named, Jonathan spokesman Ima Niboro told CNN.

Yar'Adua returned to Nigeria in February, but has made no public appearances since then. Jonathan's public appearances have been rare, and he has exercised only limited power since the president went abroad for treatment.

- CNN's Christian Purefoy contributed to this report.

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  1. James Mites

    It has been many months now that the president has been ill and they refused to follow proceedure and have him take over duties as the president. The cabinet was also a part of that delay so I can fully understand that he might be reluctant to work with them.

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