Nigeria Vice President Given Temporary Power

February 10, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Banners and posters showing Nigeria's President Umar Yar'Adua and Vice President Goodluck Jonathan during a 2007 election campaign. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)
Banners and posters showing Nigeria's President Umar Yar'Adua and Vice President Goodluck Jonathan during a 2007 election campaign. (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)
A political deadlock that has seen Nigeria without a president for three months ended on Tuesday, as the vice president was voted in to take charge of the oil-rich African state.

Goodluck Jonathan temporarily took over the reins from ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua who is undergoing medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

The president's absence from office has seen tensions between the country's Muslim north and Christian south break out into rioting. It has also resulted in the withdrawal of the country from a landmark peace deal—due to lack of government attention.

The temporary transfer of power was voted in by the House of Representatives and the Senate.