Kenya

Country Kenya
Capital Nairobi
Continent Africa
Currency Kenyan shilling(KES)
Languages Swahili & English

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Introduction

Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when President Daniel Toroitich arap MOI took power in a constitutional succession. The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991. The ethnically fractured opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and 1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but were viewed as having generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. President MOI stepped down in December 2002 following fair and peaceful elections. Mwai KIBAKI, running as the candidate of the multiethnic, united opposition group, the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC), defeated KANU candidate Uhuru KENYATTA and assumed the presidency following a campaign centered on an anticorruption platform. KIBAKI's NARC coalition splintered in 2005 over the constitutional review process. Government defectors joined with KANU to form a new opposition coalition, the Orange Democratic Movement, which defeated the government's draft constitution in a popular referendum in November 2005. KIBAKI's reelection in December 2007 brought charges of vote rigging from ODM candidate Raila ODINGA and unleashed two months of violence in which as many as 1,500 people died. UN-sponsored talks in late February produced a powersharing accord bringing ODINGA into the government in the restored position of prime minister.

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Kenya political crisis deepens in run-up to election - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

Kenya political crisis deepens in run-up to election
Aljazeera.com
The political crisis in Kenya appears to be deepening, with the head of the election board saying it cannot guarantee next week's presidential election rerun will be free, fair and credible. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC ...
Kenya election official Roselyn Akombe flees to US - BBC NewsBBC News
Kenya election official flees country and claims presidential vote will not be freeThe Guardian
Kenyan election official flees to US in fear for her life, saying new election will not be fairLos Angeles Times
Channel 4 News -Washington Post -Miami Herald
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Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election - NPR

Kenyan Officials Say They Can't Guarantee Fair Process In Presidential Election
NPR
EYDER PERALTA, BYLINE: Roselyn Akombe was in Dubai checking on the progress of ballot papers being printed for next week's elections, and she thought about her staff in western Kenya. Yesterday, some of them were violently beaten by people who ...



How Akombe left the Country - The Standard

The Standard

How Akombe left the Country
The Standard
Before her resignation and departure, Akombe had toured the Nyanza and western Kenya regions last week as the commission trained officers to handle next week's elections. That she was going to flee was not a surprise to many; some say it was just a ...
Opinion: Kenya needs statesmanship, not brinksmanshipDeutsche Welle

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Kenyans deserve better than this charade from leaders - The Standard

The Standard

Kenyans deserve better than this charade from leaders
The Standard
Once the shining star in this part of the world, Kenya's star is dimming. Civilian rights are being violated by State agencies despite clear constitutional provisions that guarantee them and the politics has metomorphosed into a primitive contest for ...



Cristiano Ronaldo's Facebook post attracts 'strange' comments from Kenyans - Nairobi News

Nairobi News

Cristiano Ronaldo's Facebook post attracts 'strange' comments from Kenyans
Nairobi News
A Kenyan online has become the ultimate joker for commenting on Cristiano Ronaldo's post, with Nasa's “No reforms, no elections” refrain. A Facebook post with a picture of the Real Madrid forward enjoying lunch with an unidentified female companion is ...



How the gloss came off Kenya's Supreme Court ruling - Financial Times

Financial Times

How the gloss came off Kenya's Supreme Court ruling
Financial Times
The historic ruling by Kenya's Supreme Court last month to annul presidential elections sent a frisson through much of the continent. From Johannesburg to Lagos, democrats celebrated a decision that seemed to strike a blow for institutional ...
What is happening with the Kenyan election?Aljazeera.com
Uhuru insists elections will go on as Raila plans protestsThe Standard
Kenya's opposition leader calls mass protests on election dayNews24
U.S. News & World Report -Voice of America -Daily Nation
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Atheists in Kenya rubbish Uhuru's calls for national prayers - Nairobi News

Nairobi News

Atheists in Kenya rubbish Uhuru's calls for national prayers
Nairobi News
“The calls which the President says will ostensibly focus on asking for God to guide Kenyans during this challenging period are nothing more than a political gimmick aimed at camouflaging the real challenge facing the country,” read part of the ...
Uhuru Kenyatta urges prayers for Kenya and repeat electionDaily Nation
Senior election official flees Kenya, says fresh polls cannot be credibleafricanews
President Uhuru calls for prayer and reconciliation ahead of repeat pollThe Standard
The Wire
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The Brief: Kenya vote, Afghans mourn, UK hate crime - Aljazeera.com

Aljazeera.com

The Brief: Kenya vote, Afghans mourn, UK hate crime
Aljazeera.com
Kenya is gripped by tension after the opposition candidate Raila Odinga pulled out of a re-run vote. A senior electoral official has resigned. Will the election still take place? We break the developments down. Hate crimes are on the rise in the UK ...



You could win a dream Kenya holiday home for the price of a £2.50 raffle ticket - Lonely Planet Travel News

Lonely Planet Travel News

You could win a dream Kenya holiday home for the price of a £2.50 raffle ticket
Lonely Planet Travel News
If you're in the market for a dream holiday home that comes as part of a package worth £900,000/€1,195,708, it could be yours for the price of a £2.50/€3.32 raffle ticket. Mtwapa Beach Villa in Mombasa, Kenya, is being raffled by its current owner ...



Kenya's election chief fears presidential vote won't be credible - CNN

CNN

Kenya's election chief fears presidential vote won't be credible
CNN
Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) Kenya's electoral commission chief warned Wednesday that he lacked faith in the possibility of Kenya delivering a free and fair presidential election next week -- and pointed to political leaders as the greatest threat to a ...

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