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Kenya court’s BBI rebuff may throw 2022 poll wide open

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Significance

If the ruling stands, it would force authorities to abandon plans for a national referendum on the reforms.

Impacts

  • If the case reaches the Supreme Court, it will present a major test for new Chief Justice Martha Koome, setting the tone for her term.
  • Criticisms in pro-government circles of alleged judicial activism will put increasing political pressure on senior judges.
  • Politicisation of the judiciary’s role may encourage authoritarian leaders elsewhere to exert greater control over judicial appointments.
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