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Mazingira Green Party of Kenya
FounderWangari Maathai
Founded1997?
HeadquartersAkiba Estate, Plot 42, South C, Nairobi
IdeologyGreen politics
International affiliationGlobal Greens

The Mazingira Green Party of Kenya is a Kenyan green party. It was formerly known as Liberal Party of Kenya (LPK).[1] At the 1997 Kenyan General Elections LPK fielded a presidential candidate, Wangari Maathai, who later became a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Maathai was only a minor candidate. She did not win a parliamentary seat. In 2002, the next general elections were held and the Maathai-led party was part of the victorious NARC coalition. Maathai herself won the Tetu Constituency parliamentary seat.[2]

At the Kenyan general election, 2007, Mazingira was part of the newly created Party of National Unity led by President Mwai Kibaki.[3] However, Mazingira also fielded own candidates. Mazingira won one parliamentary seat at the elections, after Silas Muriuki beat PNU candidate David Mwiraria to clinch the North Imenti Constituency parliamentary seat.[4] Maathai was first outvoted at the PNU primary elections and therefore vied on Mazingira ticket, but at the parliamentary elections lost again to the PNU candidate. The word Mazingira is Swahili for environment.

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References

  1. ^ Electoral Commission of Kenya: REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES AND SYMBOLS AS AT 9TH JULY 2007 Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Uchaguzikenya.com - Tetu Constituency profile". uchaguzikenya.com. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011.
  3. ^ The Standard, 15 November 2007: Kibaki’s date with Electoral body Archived 27 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kiraitu retains South Imenti seat Archived 11 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine