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Kenyan court directs parliament to enact gender rule, or face dissolution

Kenyan court directs parliament to enact gender rule, or face dissolution

The Kenyan high court has issued a 60-day ultimatum to the national parliament to implement a rule on gender balance or risk being dissolved.

In his ruling, the judge said the national parliament and the senate failed to implement the gender rule that dictates not more than two thirds of of appointed and elected positions held by a single gender.

However the current male-dominated parliament has repeatedly rejected legislation to enforce this.

While Kenya’s last election in 2013 landed more women than ever in parliament with 68 of 349 seats in the National Assembly, the country still lags behind much of the region in opening up politics to women.

The case was brought to court by a group of civil society organizations in an attempt to compel the government to enact the law before the general election in August.