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Title:Kenya and the International Criminal Court (ICC): politics, the election and the law
Author:Mueller, Susanne D.ISNI
Year:2014
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:25-42
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:elections
2013
International Criminal Court
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17531055.2013.874142
Abstract:Kenya's 2013 election was supremely important, but for a reason not normally highlighted or discussed. Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto's run for president and deputy president as International Criminal Court (ICC) indictees was a key strategy to deflect the court and to insulate themselves from its power once they won the election. The paper maintains that the strategy entailed a set of delaying tactics and other pressures to ensure that the trials would not take place until after the election when their political power could be used to maximum effect to halt or delay them. However, unlike in 2007-08, the 2013 election did not result in mass violence. The Kenyatta-Ruto alliance united former ethnic antagonists in a defensive reaction to the ICC. The analysis has implications for theories seeking to explain why countries ratify and comply with treaties. It develops an alternative political economy argument to account for outliers like Kenya and has implications for international criminal justice and democracy in Kenya. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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