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Timeline - Nigerian president declares election bid

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will contest elections due next January, a statement on his Facebook webpage said on Wednesday.

Following is a timeline on Jonathan since he assumed power in 2010.

February 9, 2010 - Vice President Jonathan assumes presidential powers. Parliament earlier had recognised him as acting head of state in an effort to end uncertainty following President Umaru Yar’Adua’s illness and lengthy hospital stay in Saudi Arabia.

February 10 - Jonathan chairs first cabinet meeting as acting head of state, seeking to revive government business after more than two months of stagnation. He removes Justice Minister and Attorney General Michael Aondoakaa. Aondoakaa had been among ministers who held out against formally transferring power to Jonathan during Yar’Adua’s absence.

February 24 - Yar’Adua arrives back in Abuja after three months in a Saudi hospital.

March 17 - Jonathan dissolves cabinet in further step to assert his authority after assuming full powers in the absence of the ailing Yar’Adua.

April 6 - Jonathan swears in 38 ministers to his new cabinet.

May 5 - Yar’Adua dies.

May 6 - Jonathan vows to fight corruption as he is sworn in as Nigeria’s head of state.

May 29 - Jonathan promises to ensure elections are free and fair and calls for electoral reform by the end of 2010.

July 27 - Nigeria sets presidential elections for January 2011, moving polls forwards by three months.

August 10 - Jonathan announces plans for a $3.5 billion national electricity grid to be jointly financed with the private sector and development agencies following chronic power shortages.

August 11 - Jonathan announces a minor cabinet reshuffle, appointing two female opposition politicians from Nigeria’s north as junior ministers.

August 11 - The cabinet approves the purchase of three new presidential jets at a cost of $150 million.

August 26 - Jonathan unveils a multi-billion dollar strategy to end chronic power shortages by privatising the domestic energy sector, formally launching his biggest policy drive yet.

Sep. 8 - Jonathan replaces the heads of the military and security services with immediate effect, consolidating his hold on power.

Sep. 13 - Jonathan announces he has submitted a bill to parliament to create a sovereign wealth fund.

Sep. 15 - Jonathan announces on his Facebook page that he plans to contest 2011 elections.

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