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Egypt and Nigeria

11 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 28 May 2014

Earlier this week, Egyptians headed to the polls to elect a new president. Results are due on the 5th June, and it is widely expected that former General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will be installed. However, against the backdrop of a crackdown on members of the Muslim Brotherhood and secular activists, it is far from clear that the elections will bring an end to the country's political upheaval. In Cairo, Kevin Connolly meets a man who has seen it all before, and whom nothing surprises.

The abduction of 200 Nigerian schoolgirls at the hands of Boko Haram militants in April provoked outrage around the world, but what really stoked the ire of Nigerians was the perception that their government was slow to act in finding the girls. Now, the international community is assisting, and the government even claims to know where the girls are being held. But how effective is the Nigerian military against Boko Haram? Gabriel Gatehouse has been to Nigeria to find out.

(Photo: Egyptian soldiers stand guard at a polling station in Cairo on May 27, 2014. Credit: Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images)



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