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Vol 59 No 16

Published 10th August 2018


Kenya

Raila rebounds

The veteran opposition leader is gaining enough from his historic compromise with Uhuru to worry Vice-President Ruto

Five months after the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga and its promise to build bridges between Kenya's hostile ethnic groups, Odinga seems to be emerging as the major beneficiary. So much so that the ruling Jubilee Alliance could split over it — with one faction loyal to Kenyatta and the other to his deputy William Ruto. This could leave Odinga able to pick followers from either side to combine them with his ever-solid Luo base and cobble together a winning coalition in the 2022 general elections. Whether Odinga has such a strategy in mind is not clear, but it is certainly the wish of the thinkers who craft his party strategy.

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