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Kenya's President Denies Ever Making One-Term Pledge


Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has denied ever making a pledge to stay in office for just one term.

A former ally of the president, Ralia Odinga, has said that Mr. Kibaki made the pledge in 2002, during negotiations to form the alliance that won that year's Kenyan elections.

But Thursday, Mr. Kibaki said he had no intention of giving up the chance to run for a second term. He said he has never indicated to anyone that he had any other intention.

President Kibaki has yet to formally announce that he will run for re-election in polls expected later this year.

The Kenyan economy has thrived under Mr. Kibaki but the administration has lost support at home and abroad because of a series of corruption scandals.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.

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