Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nigerian leader submits 34 cabinet nominees to Senate

28 June 2011

* First list read out on Senate floor

* Outgoing oil, finance minister on the list

* Portfolios not yet assigned

ABUJA, June 28 (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has submitted 34 names for his new cabinet for Senate approval, including outgoing oil minister Deziani Alison-Madueke and former finance minister Olusegun Aganga.

Senate President David Mark read the list, which did not specify portfolios, to the upper house of parliament on Tuesday. Jonathan is expected to send a further list of names to complete the government team later.

Jonathan was sworn in for his first full term almost a month ago and his ministerial choices are being closely watched by Nigerians and foreign investors keen for a team capable of driving badly needed reforms in Africa's most populous nation.

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