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Kenya showing democratic muscle
NAIROBI, KENYA -- Citizens here may soon do something rarely done in Africa: vote out a president.
With the election set Thursday, challenger Raila Odinga has a narrow lead over President Mwai Kibaki, several opinion polls show. That's uncommon in sub-Saharan Africa, land of the Big Man, where leaders seldom are unseated -- even if it means using their power to pull strings.
In Nigeria, the presidential vote this year was marred by allegations of widespread rigging. In Ethiopia, nearly 200 people were killed during postelection riots in 2005. Uganda's president changed the constitution so he could run for a third term.
Have Your Say, will there ever be a competitive election in Ethiopia in your life time?
"This is the same form of government the United Kingdom has. In the UK, Prime Ministers can stay forever so as long as two things occur: the party continues being re-elected as majority in the parliament and secondly if the ruling party continues on appointing the same person.--Samuel Gebru"
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