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

United Republican Party
LeaderWilliam Ruto
FounderCharles Keter
Founded15 January 2012
Dissolved8 September 2016
HeadquartersNairobi
IdeologyLiberalism
National affiliationJubilee Alliance
SloganKusema na kutenda
Website
www.urp.co.ke

HistoryEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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