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Nigerian President Pledges Commitment to Electoral Reform

Nigeria's president says he is committed to creating a credible electoral process in his country, where elections in April were badly marred by fraud.

In an interview with VOA Hausa service, Umaru Yar'Adua said he considers it a necessity for Nigeria to implement an electoral process that will anchor democratic rule.

He emphasized this point, saying "my commitment is total and absolute."

Mr. Yar'Adua took office in May after elections in which observers reported widespread intimidation, disorganization and vote-rigging. The European Union said the elections were "not credible."

In the interview late Thursday, the Nigerian president also stressed that his government will fight corruption and uphold the rule of law.

Anti-corruption groups such as Transparency International consistently rank Nigeria among the world's worst countries for graft.

Mr. Yar'Adua stated "there will be no sacred cows," and said not even the president will be above the law.

The interview took place in New York, where Mr. Yar'Adua traveled this week to address the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.