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On December 27, 2007, general elections were held in Kenya, electing the President, National Assembly, and local councils. The presidential election saw a vote between incumbent Mwai Kibaki, member of the Party of National Unity, and Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement. President Mwai Kibaki has been declared winner- however, he has not claimed victory without allegations of electoral manipulation. The government has fallen into turmoil in response to these allegations, while ethnic tensions are on the verge of erupting. Who will control the future of the Kenyan people? Can all-out war be avoided?

Topic: Ethnic Divides and Tribal Conflict

December 27, 2007: Incumbent President Mwai Kibaki is declared the winner of the presidential election. Almost immediately supporters of Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement, alleged electoral manipulation, which was widely verified by international election observers. Conflict is set to erupt as the election goes far beyond two candidates, but rather has deep roots in the rival groups that call Kenya home.

Topic: Political Abuse of Power

Abuse of power is not uncommon- in fact, some may call it normal in the Kenyan government. More often than not, power hungry politicians make decisions almost purely out of self-interest, rather than for the betterment of the people. Even more is at stake when ethnic tensions are at an all time high, and corrupt politicians can make the according decisions with a simple signature.

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