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Ruling party holds slim majority in Abuja

ABUJA, Nigeria, April 11 (UPI) -- The ruling People's Democratic Party took the majority of the votes in April 9 elections, the Nigerian election commission announced.

Voters took to the polls in 85 percent of the country during the weekend in a tiered election that culminates at the end of the month.

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The ruling People's Democratic Party took the majority in the Senate and House of Representatives, but lost out on key positions including the speaker of the house.

Action Congress of Nigeria, the main opposition group, took second in the election with several other rival groups making modest gains.

At least 50 people were killed in political violence in Nigeria since last year. Elections scheduled in 2003 and 2007 were rocked by conflict and fraud allegations.

As many as 12 people were killed on the eve of the election when a bomb hit an election office in the central Nigeria city of Suleja.

Presidential elections in Nigeria are scheduled for April 16. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is the favorite to win.

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