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Kenya: Elections In 2013 If National Unity Government Lasts


Kenya’s parliamentary and presidential elections will be held early next year, unless the National Unity Government — established to put an end to the violence that erupted after the December 2007 election — falls before the end of the term, ruled the nation’s High Court in Nairobi court.

According to the reports of the mainstream media in Kenya, from the newspaper “The Nation” to the radio station “Capital FM”, the judges of the High Court stated that the vote must be held within 60 days after the natural expiration of the legislature, scheduled for January 15, 2013.

Based on the provisions of the judges, the election may be anticipated should there be a crisis in the national unity government, formed in February 2008 after violence that caused over 1,300 deaths and hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

The parties that are represented in the Executive led by President Emilio Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, respectively, are the Party of National Unity (PNU) and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).

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