Commentary: In Kenya, cautious optimism for the country’s presidential election

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Chicago Tribune

Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday to vote in a highly anticipated presidential election, as well as dozens of contests for governors, senators, and other positions across the country. The outcome won’t just matter to Kenyans either. The fraught East African region looks to Kenya as a source of stability, so its neighbors are eager to see peaceful results too. Kenyan elections have a troubled history, but with democracy declining across so much of the globe, Kenya this year stands out as a possible ray of hope. Local and international media have presented voter turnout as a bad news story be…

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