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Vol 59 No 1

Published 12th January 2018


Kenya

Political rift will linger

The unrest and instability of the prolonged electoral crisis will continue to dominate politics as Kenyatta looks to his legacy

The political tug-of-war between the governing Jubilee Party of Kenya and the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) which dominated 2017 is expected to continue through the rest of this year. The aim of Nasa leader Raila Odinga will be to keep the political pot boiling by declaring himself the 'people's president' and announcing an alternative government, despite repeated appeals from United States, British and European Union diplomats not to take this course. They fear Odinga's policies increase instability in Kenya, which is bad for geopolitical reasons – the jihadist conflict in Somalia especially – as well as the country's own future.

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