Kenya: Government

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Key Figures

Chief of State: President Uhuru Kenyatta

Head of Government: President Uhuru Kenyatta

Overview

Government Name: Republic of Kenya

Constitution: Adopted: 2010; Established a republic form of government, separation of the three branches of government, sovereignty of the people along with a bill of rights.

Government Type: Republic

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle Source: ElectionGuide, http://www.electionguide.org/
Executive

Serves as head of state and government and wields the most power. Appoints the cabinet, is in charge of executory tasks, and can ban political parties.

Elected by qualified majority vote.

5 years

Judicial

Independent of other branches and has unlimited jurisdiction to hear and decide on any case.

Chief and deputy chief justices are nominated by the judicial service commission (JSC) and appointed by the president with the approval of the national assembly. Other judges are nominated by the JSC and appointed by the president.

Mandatory retirement age of 70

Legislative

Consists of the senate and national assembly who are in charge of creating laws and policies.

The Senate has 67 members who are elected by qualified plurality vote. The national assembly has 349 members who are elected by qualified plurality.

5 years

International Relations

Foreign Policy Trends: Kenya maintains relations with a variety of countries around the world, with its closest being with the African Great Lakes region. Relationships are also strong with Uganda and Tanzania, as the three nations maintain their memberships in the East African Community. Kenya also has political ties with China, India, Russia, and Brazil, and has been a member state of the Commonwealth of Nations since 1963.

Regional Trade Blocs: COMESA, EAC

Treaties: Peace and Security Council


International Organization Participation  Source: CIA World Factbook

ACP AfDB AU C CD COMESA
EAC EADB FAO G-15 G-77 IAEA
IBRD ICAO ICC ICRM IDA IFAD
IFC IFRCS IGAD ILO IMF IMO
IMSO Interpol IOC IOM IPU ISO
ITSO ITU ITUC MIGA MINUSMA MONUSCO
NAM OPCW PCA UN UNAMID UNCTAD
UNESCO UNHCR UNIDO UNIFIL UNMISS UNWTO
UPU WCO WHO WIPO WMO WTO

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Environmental Agreements  Source: CIA World Factbook

Biodiversity Climate Change Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol Desertification Endangered Species Hazardous Wastes
Law of the Sea Marine Dumping Marine Life Conservation Ozone Layer Protection Ship Pollution Wetlands
Whaling

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Tax Authority: Kenya Revenue Authority

Tax Name: VAT


Sources:

CIA World Factbook and U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets except where stated otherwise.

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