The Kenyan Election Crisis, January 2008


The Kenyan Election Crisis, January 2008

The disputed Kenyan elections of December 27th, 2007 sparked a wave of ethnic violence throughout the country. People living in the west of the country were worst affected and sporadic acts of violence continued on a daily basis throughout January and February, despite international mediation attempts led by Kofi Annan. An estimated 1500 people were killed and over 700,000 displaced.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki of the PNU party was formally declared the winner, but supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga and his Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) argued that the count was rigged.

A power sharing deal was finally agreed to between the two parties on February 28th, 2008.