Kenya was a british colony governed by
an all-powerfull colonial administrator. In 1991 the Kenyan government
allowed for the existence of multiple political parties, and in 1992 the
country held its first contested presidential elections. The country holds
regular parliamentary elections, and all citizens age 18 and older are
eligible to vote. Current president is his excellency Mwai Kibaki.The
republic of Kenya has a unicameral assembly consisting of 210 members
elected to a term of up to five years, plus 12 members appointed by the
The president appoints the vice president and cabinet members from among those elected to the assembly.
The attorney general and the speaker are ex-officio members of the National Assembly. Local administration is divided among 63 rural districts, each headed by a presidentially appointed commissioner.
The districts are joined to form seven
rural provinces. The Nairobi area has special status and is not included
in any district or province. The government supervises administration
of districts and provinces. The president is the head of state and commander
in chief of the armed forces.
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