Kenya’s Ruling Coalition Agrees to Merge Ahead of 2017 Polls

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The main political parties in Kenya’s governing Jubilee Coalition agreed to merge and establish a new entity known as the Jubilee Party before elections scheduled for August 2017.

The National Alliance of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s United Republican Party are among nine parties that agreed to combine, according to notices published Tuesday in the Nairobi-based Daily Nation newspaper.

The new party will be unveiled on Sept. 9 and represent “a bigger and bolder step into our future,” Kenyatta said later that day in a televised briefing in the capital, Nairobi.

Jubilee’s main challenger in the election will probably be the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy headed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The main parties in Odinga’s coalition are the Orange Democratic Movement, which he heads, the Wiper Democratic Movement led by former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and FORD-Kenya, headed by former Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula.

— With assistance by Felix Njini

(Updates with president’s comment in third paragraph.)
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