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Vol 48 No 4

Published 16th February 2007


Kenya

Odinga and the Oranges

The opposition alliance shows its fault-lines as it tries to choose a flagbearer

Until this month, Raila Amolo Odinga's presidential plans were progressing well. As a workaholic activist, Odinga believed he had the public profile and national base to emerge as presidential candidate for the Orange Democratic Movement, the party he co-founded last year. However, the ODM's decision to elect its flagbearer in a straight vote of thousands of delegates disadvantages Odinga because his supporters are less well organised at the grassroots level than other parties.

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