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Kenya’s Election Feud Deepens Secession Calls

  • Opposition defeat spurs idea of western, coastal independence
  • Proposals mirror global wave of debate on self-determination
Staff of the Supreme Court put petitions' paper in order, earlier brought by representatives of a consortium of civil society organizations "We-the-People", seeking to overturn the result of last month's Kenyan presidential election, in Nairobi on Nov. 6, 2017.

Photographer: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

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Kenya’s protracted election dispute has spawned secession calls from opposition supporters who say their vote has no influence on how East Africa’s biggest economy is governed.

The increased agitation follows the declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of October’s election rerun that the main opposition alliance boycotted, alleging it wouldn’t be a fair vote. His victory in the poll, in which turnout was just 38.8 percent and clustered in central Kenya, may be encouraging secessionist ideas among those in the west of the country and on its southeastern coastline.