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KENYA: RAILA ODINGA CHOSEN AS MAIN OPPOSITION CANDIDATE IN UPCOMING GENERAL ELECTIONS

April 27, 2017 | Uhuruspirit

Kenya's Opposition Leader Raila Odinga



Kenya's veteran politician Raila Odinga has been confirmed as the main opposition coalition's presidential candidate for August's election.

Mr Odinga, 72, is set to face incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, the man who beat him in 2013.

This will be the fourth time Mr Odinga runs for president.

He also ran in the disputed 2007 poll. The violence that followed led to the creation of a unity government in which Mr Odinga served as prime minister.

Mr Odinga will represent the National Super Alliance (Nasa), which is a coalition of the country's main opposition parties including the candidate's Orange Democratic Movement.

Raila Odinga's nomination is not a surprise.

He has performed better than his rivals in opinion polls and has shown that he has wide support beyond his ethnic base in western Kenya.

Going into his fourth election, Mr Odinga is rehashing a strategy used in the 2002 campaign when opposition parties united to defeat Kanu, the party that brought Kenya independence.

The coalition that won that vote did not however survive as former President Mwai Kibaki reneged on a pre-election deal.

To try and avoid this, the Nasa coalition has unveiled a power-sharing structure involving the party leaders.In the power-sharing structure Opposition leader Raila Odinga, will not enjoy absolute power should he be elected on August 8. Amani party leader Musalia Mudavadi: Premier Cabinet Secretary in charge of Government coordination. Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula: Deputy Premier CS responsible for economic sector coordination. Chama cha Mashinani leader Isaac Ruto: Deputy Premier CS social works responsible for governance and social services sector coordination.

During Thursday's rally Mr Odinga called himself "first among equals".

The announcement was made at a rally at Uhuru Park in the capital, Nairobi.

Thousands of opposition supporters turned up and live video footage from the rally showed them breaking out into wild cheers as Mr Odinga's name was read out.

His running mate will be former Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.

The upcoming Kenya's general elections are scheduled to be held on 8 August 2017.



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