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Rivals for Kenya's presidency hold final rallies before vote

CA, 07 Aug 2022
The top two contenders to be the next president of Kenya held their final rallies on Saturday, capping months of frenetic campaigning ahead of the Aug. 9 polls.

Deputy president and Kenya Kwanza presidential candidate, William Ruto and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga of Azimio la Umoja are fighting it out in a tight election to lead East Africa’s most well-off economy as it grapples with ballooning debt and a cost-of-living crisis.

Kenya's economic output has more than doubled during President Uhuru Kenyatta's 10 years in office, but a debt binge that fueled growth and investment could cramp his successor's ability to tackle growing hunger and soaring prices.

Previous polls have been marred by violence and continue to cast a dark shadow over the country, where 22.1 million voters will now choose the next president as well as senators, governors, lawmakers, woman representatives and some 1,500 county officials.

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