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Title:Kenya's 2007 general election and its aftershocks
Authors:Harneit-Sievers, AxelISNI
Peters, Ralph-Michael
Periodical:Afrika Spectrum
Geographic term:Kenya
Abstract:In December 2007 Kenya conducted its fourth elections since the return to a multiparty system in December 1991. The elections led to a largely unexpected political crisis and brought the country to the brink of civil war. The officially declared victory in the presidential election of the incumbent president, Mwai Kibaki, was disputed by the opposition, civil society, and domestic and international observers alike. Large-scale violence erupted after the declaration of Kibaki's victory and the immediate crisis only came to an end after former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan succeeded in brokering a powersharing deal between Kibaki and opposition candidate Raila Odinga on February 28, 2008. This article examines the background to the crisis, focusing on the precarious fašade of political stability in Kenya. It also discusses the 2007 election campaign, the disputed election results, the dynamics of violence in Kenya, and the role of the international community. Notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]