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Jul 24, 2018 | 16:31 GMT

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Nigeria: Senators Defect From Ruling Party

What Happened: At least 15 Nigerian senators have left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), 14 of them to join the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), Reuters reported July 24.

Why It Matters: The APC has lost its majority in the upper house of Nigeria's parliament, making it much less likely that President Muhammadu Buhari will be re-elected in 2019.

Background: Buhari's difficult style of leadership and health issues have caused lawmakers to lose confidence in him.

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