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Kenya’s New President Faces Many Challenges, Including Balancing China

Kenya’s new President William Ruto, takes power at a complex time for the East African country. As Kenya’s economy creaks under a large debt burden, he also faces numerous regional challenges, including conflict in Ethiopia and terrorism in Somalia. 

These challenges are complex because they also imply balancing competing Great Power aspirations in the region, as the world’s geostrategic focus increasingly falls on the Indian Ocean. 

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