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Friday, 25 October, 2002, 09:56 GMT 10:56 UK
Kenya gets set for elections
Uhuru Kenyatta (left)
Uhuru is President Moi's favoured candidate
President Daniel arap Moi has dissolved Kenya's parliament to pave the way for elections due by the end of the year.

A date for the elections has not yet been announced but they have to be held within 90 days and are expected to be held in December.

Kenya's elections
Presidential and parliamentary vote
Due by end of year
Kanu candidate - Uhuru Kenyatta
Opposition Narc candidate - Mwai Kibaki

His move also scuttles plans for a new constitution to be introduced before the poll that would have curtailed the powers of the country's next leader.

President Moi has ruled Kenya for 24 years, but is constitutionally obliged to step down.

The man President Moi wants to replace him as Kenya's leader is Uhuru Kenyatta, a 41-year-old businessman and the son of Kenya's first president.

Candidates

He is a political novice and accused by some of being Mr Moi's puppet.

veteran Mwai Kibaki (left)
Uhuru will face veteran Mwai Kibaki leading a broad opposition alliance
But on Thursday he promised to reform the ruling party and rescue Kenya's struggling economy.

He also wants to forgive and forget corruption, committed during the Moi era.

His main challenger is veteran opposition leader Mwai Kibaki, who once served as vice president under President Moi.

He has forged an opposition alliance, composed of almost all Kenya's opposition parties and a large group of ruling party defectors known as the National Rainbow Coalition (Narc).

The election campaign is expected to be closely fought. Both main candidates are Kikuyus, Kenya's largest tribe.

A third possible candidate is former ruling party minister Simeon Nyachae who runs the Ford People's Party. He fell out with Narc recently but party officials says the door remains open for negotiations.

The previous two elections held in the multi-party era were marred by violence. A recent judicial report suggested several senior politicians should be investigated for their role in state sponsored violence in the run up to the polls.

Constitution

Our East Africa correspondent Andrew Harding says that by dissolving parliament now, President Moi has also delivered a serious blow to the country's constitutional review process.

Opposition supporters
If the opposition remain united they have the numbers to win
A national conference was due to meet next week to finalise sweeping changes to the constitution, including plans to reduce dramatically the power of the presidency.

Mr Moi has now scuttled that process, at least for the short term.

All political parties say they will continue the review after the elections, but critics say the momentum has been lost, and the politicians are now likely to claw back control of the process from the public.

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Mwai Kibaki on BBC Network Africa
"There's no way we can fall apart"
 VOTE RESULTS
Is Kenyatta the right man to replace Moi?

Yes
 22.50% 

No
 77.50% 

13816 Votes Cast

Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

Kenyans choose a new president

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Moi steps down

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