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Peaceful elections do not make a democracy

Kenya's election was peaceful—but there are real grounds for concern

By Alina Rocha Menocal  

Winner Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for fomenting violence in the last presidential elections

Earlier this month, Kenya held what analysts have described as perhaps the single most significant sub-Saharan electoral contest in 2013. It was the country’s first general election since the widespread post-electoral violence of 2007-2008, which claimed more than 1,200 lives, displaced 350,000 people, and obliterated more than half of the country’s GDP in the blink of an eye.

So did the election pass the test? The answer…

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