Mwai Kibaki: Kenya’s first opposition president dies aged 90

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Kenya’s former president, Mwai Kibaki, has died at the age of 90, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced. His 2002 election ended 40 years of one-party rule since independence. However, his 2007 re-election sparked months of nationwide violence and led to 1,200 deaths. President Kenyatta, defeated by Mr Kibaki in 2002, led the tribute to his former rival, saying he had “led the charge to keep the ruling party accountable”. Mr Kibaki had “earned the abiding respect and affection” of this nation, the president continued. Mr Kenyatta declared a mourning period until Mr Kibaki’s burial, with flags flying at half-mast. He will be given a state funeral with full military honours, President Kenyatta said.(BBC)…[+]