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Vol 49 No 3

Published 1st February 2008


Kenya

Military options

At the height of this week’s violence in the Rift Valley, senior Kenyan politicians on both sides of the divide began discussing the possibility of a military intervention. Yet it would signify very different things for each side. For President Emilio Mwai Kibaki, it would involve shoring up the regime with state of emergency powers, a type of diarchy arrangement between the civil and military authorities to reimpose order across the country. For opposition leader Raila Odinga, who was gaoled for involvement in a thwarted coup in 1982, a military takeover and an interim administration to organise fresh elections might be the last resort if the violence spins out of control.

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