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Monday, December 31, 2007

A Fishy Election in Kenya

Over the past decade Kenya has steadily emerged as one of Africa's most stable democracies. The most recent round of elections may call that into question. While violence and elections have always been present in Kenya, the most recent manifestation is frightening for the future of democratic institutions.

Incumbent candidate Mwai Kibaki rode a late surge to capture a second term as president. Challenger, Raila Odinga, is refusing to recognize Kibaki as President and many more are questioning the validity of the results. Violence is breaking out with many of Odinga's supporters having taken to the streets in protest AllAfrica reports.

The current situation is tense and harmful to a nascent democracy. With accusations of a rigged election flying about it is doubtful that either side will be able assert a government of legitimacy. Can democracy in Africa ever thrive?

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