Referendum Demand Will Raise Tensions


BMI View: Opposition leader Raila Odinga's escalating protest movement will increase political and ethnic tensions in Kenya. Calls for a referendum are controversial, but no poll is likely to take place.

A July 7 protest organised by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) marked an escalation of the group's anti-government campaign. The movement's decision to sideline parliament by focusing on popular protests and a national referendum will raise ethnic tensions.

The protest - on the anniversary of the 1990 'saba saba' pro-democracy rally - was led by Raila Odinga, the opposition leader defeated by President Uhuru Kenyatta in the March 2013 presidential election. Odinga has held rallies across Kenya, calling for political dialogue regarding the country's pressing economic and security challenges.

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Sector: Country Risk
Geography: Kenya

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