How to deal with the fallout of Kenya’s election
Kenya’s government says the results have opened a new chapter in its political history and will shape the country’s future.
The president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has declared a national day of mourning and called for a national election on Saturday.
Critics say the president’s win is a slap in the face to Kenyans who have endured years of political upheaval, including a series of assassinations and a coup attempt in the late 1980s.
Kenya is now one of the most polarized countries in the world, with the country at the forefront of a series and a number of political scandals.
Thousands of Kenyathans have been detained, arrested and held without trial, according to the Kenyan police and the opposition.
President Kenyatra is due to meet President Uhuru at the weekend for talks to discuss the election.
A vote to replace him could lead to a new election and a potential snap presidential term, as a countrywide referendum is required to change the constitution.
Many people in Kenya have been protesting against the new president, accusing him of undermining democratic institutions, including the constitution, and of attempting to rewrite the countrys laws.
Opposition leaders say Kenyata’s victory will not help the country achieve the kind of economic and social progress it needs to make in the years ahead.
“It’s time for a change, we want a change from Kenyattas political ideology, a change in leadership and a change of the system of government,” opposition leader Mwai Kibaki told Reuters.
Analysts say the new election will be a key test of the country´s new political culture and leadership.
Kibaki and other opposition leaders have repeatedly warned that the new leadership will not be able to change Kenyatas governing style.
In December, opposition leaders staged a sit-in outside the government office to protest against what they called Kenyati´s authoritarian and authoritarian style.
Kenyats ruling party has said that it will not allow the protest to become an opportunity for the opposition to change its leadership.
“We are going to continue to hold our demonstrations and continue to push for our democratic rights and freedoms.
This is the only way to change things,” Kibakis said.
But critics say the protests will have little impact on the country and will serve to fuel further discontent, including with the government.
They argue that the country will not recover from the trauma of the current crisis until Kenyatts government is replaced.
At least 17 people were killed and more than 60 injured when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in central Kenya on Sunday night.
It was the worst attack on Kenya in decades.
There were at least 15 arrests in the attack and the bomb exploded outside the headquarters of Kenya Airways.