United Republican Party (Kenya)

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United Republican Party
Leader William Ruto
Founder Charles Keter
Founded 15 January 2012
Dissolved 8 September 2016
Headquarters Nairobi
National affiliation Jubilee Alliance
Slogan Kusema na kutenda
Website
www.urp.co.ke

The United Republican Party (URP) was a political party in Kenya.

History[edit]

The party was launched by William Ruto, in conjunction with several Kenyan politicians allied to a faction of Orange Democratic Movement opposed to Raila Odinga, as their vehicle for the March 2013 general elections. The party's launch was announced after a week of meetings on 15 January 2012.[1] In December, William Ruto and the leaders of several other political parties, signed a pre-election coalition deal, in which Ruto became a running mate for Uhuru Kenyatta and URP received half the spoils of an election victory.[2] The party subsequently joined the Jubilee Alliance, which nominated Kenyatta for the presidency. In the elections Kenyatta was elected president, whilst the URP emerged as the third-largest party in Parliament, winning 12 seats in the Senate and 76 in the National Assembly.

In 2016 the party merged into the Jubilee Party.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruto, Allies Launch Political Party Capital FM, 15 January 2012
  2. ^ Raila, Kalonzo seal deal as Mudavadi joins Uhuru, Ruto Standard Media, 5 December 2012
  3. ^ 13 parties wind up today for Jubilee merger Daily Nation, 8 September 2016