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Vol 59 No 14

Published 13th July 2018


Kenya

Hanging on a handshake

The deal between Kenyatta and Odinga has re-aligned old rivalries. Nairobi insiders puzzle over who the winners and losers are

Every politician in Nairobi has a favourite theory about the causes and consequences of the rapprochement between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga on 9 March and what it means for Deputy President William Ruto. Although it has forced a tenuous realignment among the country's three heavyweights, the handshake's effects on the structure of government, sentiment at the grassroots, and the succession in 2022 are slowly, sometimes unpredictably, working their way through the political system.

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