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Kenya’s Political Mess


Kenya’s Political Mess

The aftermath of Kenya’s December 27 presidential elections thrust the country into bouts of intense ethnic fighting. As of January 2, some 275 people were reported dead (BBC), and tens of thousands had fled their homes. Michelle Gavin, CFR’s international affairs fellow and an expert on Africa, says the violence comes as a major setback for a country that only began its democracy project in 2002. Gavin says some of the parties involved now seek a power-sharing agreement between the country’s incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki, and opposition leader, Raila Odinga.


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