Kenya will hold elections for president, members of parliament, and members of the senate on August 9. Kenyan elections have been plagued by violence in the past, and and the results of these elections are likely to be close. A democracy with a population of almost 54 million, Kenya is a key U.S. security and economic partner in East Africa. Here's what you need to know.
"Kenya's Elections Will Come Down to the Wire" - Foreign Policy Research Institute
"Given the history of election violence in Kenya, this has many worried. While ethnic conflicts have often been the engine of conflict in the past, economic inequities caused by official corruption and the destabilizing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to be the main contentious issues in this year’s election, with the divide along class (rather than tribal) lines."
"As Election Season Nears, Kenyans Brace for Unrest and Hope for Peace" - Washington Post
"Kenya's 2022 Election: High Stakes" - International Crisis Group
"The 2022 Kenyan Elections" (video) - Brookings