Kenya’s Political Truce Holds, Shifting the Political Landscape

Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and opposition leader Raila Odinga, right, at Harambee House in Nairobi, March 9, 2018 (AP photo by Brian Inganga).
Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, left, and opposition leader Raila Odinga, right, at Harambee House in Nairobi, March 9, 2018 (AP photo by Brian Inganga).

The agreement that helped stave off a political crisis following the 2017 presidential election has also recast politics in Kenya. The future is looking no less fraught than the past. This time last year, Kenya was recovering from a bitter presidential election that descended into a constitutional crisis between two longtime political adversaries. After an initial ballot was annulled by the Supreme Court for irregularities, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta won a repeat election that opposition leader and perennial presidential candidate Raila Odinga boycotted. Amid rising tensions, Odinga rejected the outcome and subsequently proclaimed himself the “people’s president” in an unofficial […]

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