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Kenyan Opposition Leaders Hold Talks On Choice Of Flag-bearer For Presidency

Top opposition leaders in Kenya have held what is seen as a strategic meeting in effort to settle on a single candidate to face President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee coalition in the August general election.

The closed-door meeting Sunday followed another session between the opposition leaders and more than 25 small political parties which have shown interest in teaming up with the opposition.

Monday’s meeting that brought together leading opposition politicians Raila Odinga, Musalia Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetangula as part of the opposition’s effort to settle on one presidential candidate ahead of the August presidential and legislative elections.

The meeting, which was closed to the media, was the second involving the four leaders all of whom have indicated their desires to be the opposition flag-bearer in the presidential polls.

The opposition expects to have its presidential flag-bearer selected before the end of March and has already enlisted a number of technocrats to craft a formula for arriving at the best among the four while containing any fallout.

Also being wooed to join a grand opposition coalition are 25 small political parties led by the Chama cha Uzalendo which have resolved to forge a working formula to strengthen the united opposition popularly hyped as the National Super Alliance, or NASA.

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