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Vol 48 No 17

Published 24th August 2007


Politicians overboard

Two key players have jumped from the opposition coalition but that will not assure President Kibaki of victory

It was a bad month for Kenya's opposition, after personal rivalries came to a head and leading politicians split off to run their own campaigns. They will probably end up in the embrace of President Mwai Kibaki's political machine. Unseating Kibaki in December's elections was never going to be easy but is still feasible. Complex electoral arithmetic and the need to forge national coalitions from a patchwork of provincial politicians, ethnic groups and local interest lobbies, mean the outcome is far from sure.

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