Nigeria inaugurates president in peace – Africa –

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ABUJA, Nigeria – This time, the shots were fired in celebration. For the first time in Nigeria’s coup-riddled history of nearly six decades, power passed between two civilians and the army was hailing new President Umaru Yar’Adua with a 21-gun salute.

But while many Nigerians agreed the days of the military’s political meddling officially ended with Yar’Adua’s inauguration on a parade ground Tuesday, they also said it didn’t mean Africa’s most populous nation is pointing the way for other countries on the road to democracy.

"We have run the longest democratic dispensation and eliminated the risk of violent changes of government through coups and countercoups in our political culture," said outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo.

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