Deepening Uncertainty: The Political and Economic Implications of Kenya’s repeat election in 2017

Date published: July 22, 2018

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In an unprecedented ruling, the Kenyan Supreme Court on September 1st annulled the outcome of the 8 August presidential election following a petition by the losing opposition National Super Alliance (NASA). The landmark ruling invalidates incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory and will force a re-run of the election on October 17. The Supreme Court’s decision is both a positive reflection of the judiciary’s independence and of the country’s commitment to a fair democratic process. However, this has had the effect of deepening uncertainty in the economy. This report presents an analysis of the political and economic implications of this repeat election.

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