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Vol 54 No 5

Published 1st March 2013


Kenya

Jubilee aims to win it in one

The Kenyatta and Ruto team is gathering support and pulling out all the stops to win the presidency in the first round

A tense campaign, full of skulduggery and intimidation, is gripping the country and challenging the electoral system. Politicians trade accusations of electoral malpractice, raising tension while damaging the credibility of the electoral process. Some candidates resort to strategies which brought Kenya to the brink of political breakdown in 2007-08. Strong statements from interested parties such as the United States, Britain and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan have failed to calm passions and only deepened the divide between the two main coalitions, whose candidates are pretty evenly balanced.

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