Kenyans will soon head to the polls to elect a new President. Elections have always been a delicate moment for the country, sparking fierce contestations. With sitting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s exit, the choice will fall between the two main candidates, current Vice President, William Ruto, and Raila Odinga, who has received the endorsement of the outgoing President. The race is as tight as ever.
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2022 marks the 20th anniversary since the launch of the African Union, an increasingly relevant voice within the international community and a key player for regional integration and economic development in Africa. A crucial step towards reducing the continent’s fragmentation was the 2021 inauguration of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), an ambitious initiative with the potential to integrate a continental market of over one billion consumers.
Ridimensionamento della presenza militare in Iraq e Afghanistan in favore di nuove missioni in Africa, in particolare nel Sahel. Questa è la rotta tracciata dal Parlamento italiano il 17 gennaio. Nonostante le Camere sciolte il nostro governo ha “urgentemente” approvato il dispiegamento di truppe in Niger, Libia, Tunisia, Marocco e Repubblica Centroafricana per un totale di oltre 83 milioni di euro per il 2018 (di cui 65 fra Niger e Libia).
Kenya’s upcoming election adds to the uncertainty coming from the international landscape. Typically, elections are not a painless affair in the East African country. Violence is not necessarily part of the outcome, but the departure of President Uhuru Kenyatta, at the end of his second term and no longer eligible for re-election, makes the unfolding scenario highly unpredictable.
On August 9th, 2022 Kenyans will vote for a new President. It will be the third time a President will be leaving office after his term is over. President Daniel arap Moi ruled the country for 24 years, ten after the Constitution was changed to open the country to multipartism and to cap presidential terms to two. He argued that, after changing the Constitution, he qualified for a new start, which he was granted.
Kenya has had six multiparty elections since 1991 when the one-party state ended, following pressure from civil society and donors. All elections since then have been high-stakes ethnic contests.
On August 9th, Kenya will hold its seventh national election since the reintroduction of multiparty competition in the early 1990s.
The Kenya general elections will be held in early August – when Kenyans will have an opportunity to elect a new President and representatives to the National Assembly, Senate, and devolved County Assemblies. These elections will be Kenya’s seventh since the introduction of multi-party politics in 1992, and the third since the promulgation of a new constitution that significantly altered the structure and architecture of the Kenyan state in 2010.
As Kenyans head to general elections on 9 August 2022, attention is largely focused on a tight presidential race. However, many of the lower level races are also fiercely contested.
Despite some improvement over the past decade, corruption in Kenya remains rampant: Kenya is ranked 128 among 180 nations in 2021 in terms of perceived corruption, after climbing from position 124 in 20201. Democratic elections are also meant to help keep malpractice and fraud under check. Regrettably, a number of those seeking elective seats in the coming elections have tainted integrity.
Kenya's general election due in August is fast approaching and the economy seems to have taken centre stage in all fo