Mombasa Republican Council has declared the coast an independent republic and called for a boycott of next week’s presidential election. The group has also been accused of scare tactics and violence on the coast, in the period leading up to the elections.

The boycott has important implications for Odinga, who is believed to have support from the Coastal region. Given the neck in neck race with Kenyatta, limited voting there will be positive for Kenyatta’s Jubilee coalition.

Concessions by Odinga will need to include a serious negotiation with Coastal elites, stopping short of supporting secession.

 

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Mombassa Republican Council Boycotts Election
Clionadh Raleigh
Clionadh Raleigh
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Prof. Clionadh Raleigh is Director of ACLED. She is also Senior Professor of Political Geography in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex and an external senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Prof. Raleigh holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado. Her primary research interests are the dynamics of conflict and violence, focusing in particular on the role of formal and informal political structures. Additional interests include Africa, political geography, social/political consequences of climate change, and GIS/spatial econometrics.
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