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Vol 48 No 7

Published 30th March 2007


No-party politics rule

A failed London fund-raiser exposes the money wrangles behind the opposition's usual splits

Kenya, with neither a governing coalition nor an effective opposition, has become a democratic no-party state. The opposition alliance of convenience, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), is fighting for its life. It trounced President Mwai Kibaki and his government in November 2005, by winning the constitutional referendum (Vol 46 No 24). It is now riven by big-ego personality conflicts that (as always in Kenya) boil over into ethnic rivalries and by unmentioned (but see Box) battles over campaign money.

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