Kenya preparing for election

There are strong indications the next general election in Kenya will be in March 2013. In preparations for this election to comply with the Kenya Constitution new laws are still being developed.

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Democracy in different shapes

When the elite has the absolute power, we have an aristocracy. An oligarchy is usually controlled by a few powerful families whose children are being raised as the heirs of power. When the people govern, directly or indirectly, through their elected representatives, we have a democracy. So it is – at least according to the definitions. But the reality unfortunately seems too often different, and the distinction between the political systems is unclear.

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Stop the war on oil!

The influential bishop Paride Taban of Southern Sudan suggests that the Sudan and Southern Sudan share oil revenues. – The two countries cannot reach an agreement themselves, we need help from you, says the bishop.

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Cautious Optimist

Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters celebrated in the streets as the results of Sunday’s election became known. Suu Kyi’s old friend and leader of the Oslo Center, Kjell Magne Bondevik, is happy but still somewhat hesitent as to what the election will lead to. – This is one important step, but there are still issues to be dealt with, he says.

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Kenya: Promoting Democracy

The President of the Oslo Center, Kjell Magne Bondevik, was in Nairobi early June. The main purpose of the trip was to implement the project the Oslo Center together with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) will conduct during the period June 2011 – November 2012. The project will help prepare the political parties for the elections next year on the basis of the new Constitution.

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Kenya: Uncertain future

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of finance Kenyatta and suspended Minister of education Ruto are suspected to be behind the violent riots after the election in 2007.

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Demanding tasks for the government in Somalia

“If the international community really wants Somalia’s transitional government to be successful they must support the weak coalition government to a far greater degree. After spending several days with seven ministers from the Somali, we clearly see how important it is that not only non-governmental organizations working in the area receive more support, but also the government”, says the special advisor at the Oslo Center, Øistein Mjærum.

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