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  • Republic of Kenya
    Jamhuri ya Kenya

    Political Status: Independent member of the Commonwealth since December 12, 1963; republic established in 1964; de facto one-party system, established in 1969, recognized as de jure by constitutional amendment on June 9, 1982; multiparty system approved by constitutional amendment on December 20, 1991; new constitution approved by referendum on August 4, 2011, providing for a mixed presidential-parliamentary system with a bicameral legislature.

    Area: 224,960 sq. mi. (582,646 sq. km).

    Population: 50,951,000 (2018E—UN); 48,397,527 (2018E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Centers (2016E—UN): NAIROBI (4,070,000), Mombasa (1,141,000).

    Official Language: English (Kiswahili is the national language)

    Monetary Unit: Kenyan Shilling (principal rate October 19, 2018: 100.44 shillings = $1US).

    President: Uhuru KENYATTA (The National Alliance); elected by popular vote on March 4, 2013, and inaugurated for a five-year term on April 9, ...

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