Kenya’s Presidential Election

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General elections were held in Kenya on 8 August 2017 to elect the President, members of Parliament and devolved governments.

Incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta was returned to office with 54% of the vote, a result his main opponent, Raila Odinga, refused to accept.

Kenya is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community (EAC). Its capital and largest city is Nairobi.

Kenya’s territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana (formerly called Lake Rudolf) and further south-east to the Indian Ocean.

It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and southwest, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2 (224,445 sq mi), and had a population of approximately 48 million people in January 2017.

Kenya is a presidential representative democratic republic. The President is both the head of state and head of government, and of a multi-party system.

Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the National Assembly and the Senate.

The Judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

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