A Shadow Inauguration Shows Kenya Is Still Not Over Last Year’s Contested Vote

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga announces plans to challenge the results of last August’s election in court, Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 16, 2017 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga announces plans to challenge the results of last August’s election in court, Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 16, 2017 (AP photo by Ben Curtis).
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Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Associate Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term more than two months ago, but tensions around his re-election are clearly still fresh in Kenya. This week, the decision by opposition leader Raila Odinga to follow through on threats to stage a shadow inauguration brought those tensions to the forefront, and the government’s response raised questions about Kenyatta’s commitment to civil liberties. Thousands of Odinga supporters attended Tuesday’s ceremony, where Odinga, holding a Bible, declared himself “the […]

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