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Vol 50 No 7

Published 3rd April 2009


Kenya

A reform deadline for the rivals

A year after the power-sharing accord, political change is faltering and the police are shooting human rights activists

Politicians gathering in Nairobi and Geneva this week candidly admit that time is fast running out for the Grand Coalition to implement its promised reforms, without which Kenya will face more chaos at the next elections due in 2012. Such an analysis, although shared across party lines, does little to galvanise action among the political class. For most, the dominant issues revolve around the mooted candidacies and alliances for the 2012 elections. The fact that politicians are putting themselves forward as presidential candidates presupposes there will be no substantive changes in the constitution - such as cutting the president's executive powers - before the next election.

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