Raila Odinga is officially a candidate for the presidential election for the fifth time.

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Raila Odinga formally announced, on Friday, December 10, her candidacy for the Kenyan presidential election scheduled for August 2022. He announced it in front of thousands of his supporters at the largest stadium in the capital, Nairobi, but also in front of the kaikis of Uhuru, the party of the president. Kenyatta who cannot represent himself and whom he approached in 2018 after fighting for a long time.

It is in a blue shirt with a Mandarin collar, a cap with an “R” screw on the head, as Raila Odinga, 76, formalized her candidacy. Further proof of the tenacity for which the former Prime Minister is famous. Raila Odinga has already unsuccessfully tried to win the presidency four times, in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017. every time, They were declared losers and condemned to fraud.

But the August 2022 election presents itself in a new light for this historic figure in Kenya’s political life. The one who has embodied the opposition for decades caused a surprise by approaching President Kenyatta in 2018 after a very eventful election in which the two men clashed fiercely.

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The party of the current head of state, Jubilee, did not officially endorse Raila Odinga, but its powerful general secretary, Rafael Tuju, was present at the stadium on Friday along with several government heavyweights.

Recently, Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta wore a constitutional amendment project, ruled illegal by two Kenyan courts. The project specifically provided for the creation of the post of Prime Minister and was perceived by some as a compromise, intended to allow Raila Odinga to win the election, thanks to the support of the outgoing President, Whom in case of victory he will in exchange entrust this new post of Prime Minister, so that he remains in power.

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