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President Uhuru Kenyatta and contender Raila Odinga in happier times. The two are now embroiled in a bitter political contest. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

The thin line between electoral credibility and political stability in Kenya

Democracy doesn't seem to work within societies governed by politics of ethnicity. Instead, elections continue to offer up the hard choice between electoral credibility and political stability.
Kenya’s Supreme Court judges preside before delivering the judgment that nullified last month’s presidential election Baz Ratner/Reuters

Kenya’s fresh election ruling: just another instalment in a highly contested process

Kenya's electoral commission faced many legal challenges before the general election, and yet another after the poll. But how will the Supreme Court's historic ruling impact the country's democracy?
When Kenyans vote, ethnic conflict is never too far behind. Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

How Kenya can make its ethnic democracy work

One way to diffuse the tension when Kenyans choose a head of state is to take that decision out of their hands. This could help achieve ethnic cohesion.
Kenyan papers the day after the polls closed. EPA/Daniel Irungu

How the media covered Kenya’s general election

Kenya has just gone through a charged campaign period, followed by a contested election result. The media has been out in force covering it all. But did they do a good job?
Women singing at a South African ANC Women’s League meeting.Three senior women in ANC are contesting the presidency of the party. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Pros and cons of the three women running for South Africa’s presidency

All three female contenders for the presidency of the ANC and South Africa have strong liberation struggle credentials and have also contributed to democracy. But, are they up to the job?

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