Regional vote extended in oil hub in Nigeria local polls
Voting in Nigeria’s regional elections extended into Sunday in the restive Rivers state after irregularities at some polling stations, as the nation anxiously awaited the results.
Rivers, a southern oilproducing hub, has emerged as flashpoint through Nigeria’s historic 2015 election cycle, and security forces were deployed heavily around the capital Port Harcourt in anticipation of disputes over the results.
The collation of results was under way in the battleground of Lagos, where President Goodluck Jonathan’s Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) was hoping to take power for the first time since the end of military rule in 1999.
“The dialogue signals the end of the last Cold War battles in this hemisphere,” said Geoff Thale, Cuba expert at the Washington Office on Latin America policy forum. “But I don’t think that they will become best of friends overnight.”
During their private talks, Obama and Castro discussed the embassy negotiations and instructed their teams to swiftly resolve lingering issues, a senior U.S. official said.
Addressing a key Cuban demand, Obama told Castro that he would decide whether to recommend removing Cuba from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in the “coming days,” the official said.
While Obama pointed to polls showing most Cubans and Americans back the diplomatic thaw, some in the U.S. Congress and on