Saturday, December 29, 2007

Kenyan elections

Kenya went to the polls yesterday in what is turning out to be a nail-bitingly close election which could herald significant change. Already, twenty Ministers in President Mwai Kibaki's government have lost their seats, while interim results show Kibaki trailing opposition leader Raila Odinga. Kibaki seems to have made up most of the gap stated in that report, but latest results show him still behind by about 230,000 votes. Unfortunately, without a turnout figure, it's difficult to know whether he'll be able to close the gap or not.

If Odinga wins, it will be the first time in Kenya's history that an incumbent President has been defeated at the ballot box. Which is something to celebrate, regardless of what you think of the actual candidates.