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Courtney Thomas

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Transcript of Kenya

Colonial Kenya
British colony
Kikuyu were the clients
Mao Mao (1952-1959)
Independence under Kenyatta
Sovereign in 1964
President is head of state and head of government
Presidential system
Multiparty legislature
Independent judiciary
Election of 2007
The Kikuyu dominated post-colonial politics (and economics)
BUT post-tribal momentum
Incumbent Kibaki (Kikuyu) v. Odinga
Polls indicate that Odinga would win
Kibaki declared the winner three days later
Violence erupts in the streets
Since 2007
Stable by April 2008
Kibaki becomes President
Odinga named Prime Minister
Structural changes
Term limits
New coalition
2013 election: Kenyatta becomes president
ICC charges re: 2007
Tensions persist
1000 killed
Thousands displaced
Thousands sent into exile
Looting, rioting
Businesses and farms destroyed
Economic impacts ($47.6 million)
Legitimacy crisis
Resurgence of tribal loyalty
2013 Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi
Al Shabab
Three days
67 deaths
Retribution for the Kenyan military's deployment in Somalia
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