An ongoing standoff in Kenya’s Coast province between the central government and the secessionist Mombasa Republican Council could make the region a flashpoint for next year’s elections. The MRC has threatened to disrupt the polls, which will help test whether the devolution enshrined in Kenya's new constitution can remedy the political marginalization and economic inequality that plagues the region.

Kenya's Coast Province Could Be Flashpoint in Run-Up to Elections

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An ongoing standoff in Kenya’s Coast province between the central government and the secessionist Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) could make the region a flashpoint for next year’s elections.

Formed in 1999 to address the region’s marginalization, the MRC was designated by the government as an organized criminal group in 2010. Claiming this action unconstitutional, the MRC filed a case with the High Court in Mombasa, which last month ruled in the MRC’s favor. Nevertheless, the MRC has maintained its threats to boycott and otherwise disrupt Kenya’s March 2013 presidential and parliamentary elections if its demands are not met. ...

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