Raila Odinga, former prime minister of Kenya

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Guest: Catherine Panter-Brick, Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs
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Guest: Vladimir Alexandrov, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures
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Guest: Douglas Rogers, Associate Professor of Anthropology
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Guest: Aaron Dhir, Canadian Bicentennial Visiting Professor of Law
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Guest: Maurice Samuels, Professor of French
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Episode: October 15, 2014


Raila Amolo Odinga was prime minister of the Republic of Kenya from 2008 to 2013. He was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Langata in 1992, served as Minister of Energy from 2001 to 2002 and as Minister of Roads, Public Works, and Housing from 2003 to 2005. Mr. Odinga ran against incumbent Mwai Kibaki in the 2007 presidential election. While the results of that election were largely in question, Mr. Kibaki was announced the winner and Mr. Odgina accused Mr. Kibaki of electoral fraud. Two months of violence in the country ensued before Kofi Anna, the United Nations Secretary General at the time, intervened and brokered a deal that provided for power-sharing between Mr. Odinga and Mr. Kibaki, and the recreation of the post of Prime Minister. We talk with Raila Odinga about the state of democracy in Africa.

View Raila Odinga deliver the Coca-Cola World Fund at Yale Lecture.