What Happened: Politicians opposed to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari have split from his ruling coalition to form their own political party, potentially threatening Buhari's chances of re-election, Reuters reported July 5.
Why It Matters: After months of health issues and difficulties in running Africa's largest economy, Buhari may struggle to unite his party ahead of elections in early 2019.
Background: Lingering concerns over his health have hampered Buhari's ability to govern during his first term as Nigeria's president.
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