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Elections 2018: Africa's bumpy road ahead - 13 Mar 2018 18:12

Wachira Maina

Kenya’s divisive election in August last year replays a new trend in Africa: An electoral crisis that rapidly metastasizes into a constitutional one. President Uhuru Kenyatta won an October 2017 repeat election ordered by the Supreme Court after it nullified an earlier one held in August. Raila Odinga, Kenyatta’s chief opponent, boycotted the re-run, dissatisfied with Kenya’s electoral management body, the IEBC. He calls Kenyatta illegitimate and has had himself sworn in as “the people’s president.” Kenyatta bristles at the charge and has taken to strong measures. Recently he shut down free-to-air TV, mainly to black out live broadcast of Mr Odinga’s “swearing in.” He has arrested Mr Odinga’s allies and, against clear court orders, deported a citizen who officiated at the ceremony, Miguna Miguna, to Canada arguing that he isn’t Kenyan. It is a familiar story. Controversial elections followed by violent protests and constitutional crises. This script, increasingly common ...
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