Kenyan PM Odinga Declares Bid for Presidency

Posted December 22nd, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has declared he will run for the presidency next March.

Mr. Odinga will represent the Coalition for Reform and Democracy, or CORD. Mr.Odinga ran against now-incumbent president Mwai Kibaki in 2007, in an election that resulted in a wave of unrest that left more than a thousand people dead.

Fellow CORD member, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka, had earlier harbored presidential ambitions but announced on Saturday that he will not compete with Mr. Odinga.

Also running in the presidential election is Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who is charged by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity in the 2007-2008 political violence following the last election, which was marred by allegations of vote-rigging.

The 2013 vote is seen as a test of Kenya's political stability.