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Martha Karua is taking centre stage in Kenya's elections: what it means for women in politics

By Emma Elfversson, Associate professor, Uppsala University
Kristine Höglund, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University
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For the first time in Kenya’s history, a female candidate joins the centre stage in one of the main political coalitions in the country’s August 2022 elections. It is unprecedented for large political blocs with a real chance of winning a Kenyan election to have a woman as a running mate.

In May, veteran politician Martha Karua was announced as the deputy presidential candidate for the Azimio la Umoja alliance led by Raila Odinga.

Karua’s…The Conversation

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