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Apr 8, 2013

Kenya to swear in president, leave West with headache

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya swears in Uhuru Kenyatta as president on Tuesday after an election that avoided the bloodshed of five years ago, but left Western nations with the challenge of how to deal with a leader indicted by the International Criminal Court.

Western states regard Kenya as crucial to regional stability and have supported the role played by Kenyan and other African troops in efforts to push back al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist militants in neighboring Somalia.

Apr 8, 2013

Africa Oil eyes commercial finds in Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) – An intensive drilling campaign with partners this year should bring Africa Oil Corp (AOI.V: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) much closer to confirming that Kenya has commercial quantities of oil, it said on Monday.

Chief Executive Keith Hill, whose Canadian-listed firm has interests in its 12 blocks covering 250,000 sq km in the region, told Reuters about $468 million would be spent in 2013 to drill at least 10 wells in Kenya and other locations in east Africa.

Apr 5, 2013

Kenya private equity firm kicks off 1st fund, property venture

NAIROBI, April 5 (Reuters) – Kenya-based private equity firm
Catalyst Principal Partners has an eye on demand from East
Africa’s growing middle class as it starts to make investments
from a broad $125 million fund and from a partnership dedicated
to real estate.

Mauritius-registered Catalyst, which in November finished
raising cash for its first closed-end fund, sees opportunities
in a region of about 200 million people, where consumer demand
is rising and a big boost from recent oil and gas discoveries is
expected for the future.

Apr 3, 2013

Western envoys to attend ICC-indictee Kenyatta’s inauguration

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The United States and several other European nations are expecting to send ambassadors to attend the swearing in next week of Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president-elect who is indicted for crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Western diplomats said this level of attendance was in line with their policy of having only “essential contacts” with indictees of the International Criminal Court. A European Union official also said EU envoys were seeking to meet Kenyatta.

Mar 31, 2013

Kenya mostly calm after vote ruling; minor clashes in west

NAIROBI/KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyan police clashed on Sunday with a few dozen protesters angry at a court’s confirmation of Uhuru Kenyatta as president-elect, but the unrest was minor compared with the nationwide bloodshed after the last disputed election.

There was little sign of violence beyond Kisumu, a city in the west of Kenya where there is strong backing for Prime Minister Raila Odinga, loser in the presidential election. Kisumu and other regions were devastated by deadly riots after the vote in 2007.

Mar 30, 2013

Kenyatta won Kenya’s presidency fairly – Supreme Court

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court ruled on Saturday Uhuru Kenyatta was elected president fairly, unanimously rejecting a challenge from defeated candidate Raila Odinga that the vote was marred by rigging and technical problems.

The decision cleared the way for Kenya’s richest man to take the top job in east Africa’s biggest economy, but left foreign powers with the headache of dealing with a leader charged with crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Mar 30, 2013

Kenyans await ruling in disputed presidential election

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court rules on Saturday on a legal challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in a presidential election seen as a test of democracy, five years after vote disputes triggered widespread bloodshed.

The country’s outgoing president called for calm ahead of a decision that will either confirm the victory of Kenya’s richest man Kenyatta or force another vote.

Mar 29, 2013

Kenyans await ruling in disputed presidential race

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court rules on Saturday on a challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential election win, a judgment seen as a test of the democratic system five years after another disputed vote triggered tribal bloodshed.

The country’s outgoing president called for calm ahead of the decision that will either confirm the victory of Kenya’s richest man Kenyatta or force another vote.

Mar 29, 2013

Kenyan court holds final hearing before ruling on election

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court held its last session on Friday on a challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential election victory a day before giving a ruling that will test Kenyans’ trust in the newly reformed judiciary.

The court delivers its verdict on Saturday on the challenge raised by defeated candidate Raila Odinga after peaceful voting on March 4 went some way to rebuilding Kenya’s image following tribal blood-letting in the wake of the disputed 2007 vote.

Mar 26, 2013

Kenya to hear petition challenging Kenyatta’s vote win

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court hears a petition on Wednesday challenging the victory by Uhuru Kenyatta in this month’s presidential election, a case that will test Kenyan democracy five years after a disputed vote ignited tribal violence.

Peaceful voting on March 4 went a long way to restoring Kenya’s reputation as one of Africa’s more stable democracies, reinforced when losing candidate Raila Odinga took his challenge to court rather than letting it play out on the streets.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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