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Nigeria Opposition Candidate Rebuffs Debate Request

The leading challenger in Nigeria’s tightening presidential race has refused to participate in a pre-election debate with his rival, incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, citing past election snubs, a party spokesman said Wednesday. With the country buffeted by sinking oil prices and a brutal insurgency by the Islamist group Boko Haram, the March 28 vote is turning into the most contested race since Nigeria returned to civilian control in 1999. Jonathan, a Christian from the southern Niger...

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