The tenuous truce between the country's leaders, each representing a different ethnic faction, is faltering as election season nears.
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While the dispute will likely not result in military conflict, escalating tensions between Kenya and Somalia may have substantial national security implications.
This morning, the Kenyan Supreme Court announced it cancelled last month’s presidential election and ordered a new election within 60 days. Chief Justice David Maraga affirmed that the August 8th election, which declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes, was not “conducted in accordance with the constitution.” Justice Maraga stated the election commission had committed irregularities “in the transmission of results,” although more details on this conclusion have not yet been provided.
Kenya's Constitution requires a greater degree of involvement by the National Assembly in approving the internal deployment of military forces than has been recognized.
Harun Maruf comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Somalia. Some of the topics covered include:What al-Shabab has been up to since the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya Background on al-Shabab’s leader Ahmad Umar and how he compares with its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane The state of foreign fighters in Somalia The status of The Islamic State’s efforts in Somalia
One aspect of President Obama’s historic visit to Kenya under-reported by the U.S. press and almost entirely ignored by U.S. human rights groups was that the President met with two Kenyan leaders who had been indicted by the International Criminal Court.