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Vol 58 No 22

Published 3rd November 2017


Kenya

What the landslide buried

Nobody got what they wanted from the election re-run. Kenyatta got a weaker mandate and the opposition's tactics misfired

Surely no president can look on a 98% majority with as much dismay as President Uhuru Kenyatta. The boycott of the 26 October poll by his main rival, Raila Odinga, gave him a massive winning margin but robbed the victory of legitimacy. The low turnout of 39% did credit to neither man. In an atmosphere of violence and intimidation, with an outcome that was a foregone conclusion, Kenyans stayed at home en masse.

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