Imports$13.49 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$5.768 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)14% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate40% (2008 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$1,800 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate4% (2010 est.)
Internet users3.996 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular24.969 million (2009)
Population growth rate2.444% (2012 est.)
Population43,013,341 (July 2012 est.)
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Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when President Daniel Toroitich arap MOI took power in a constitutional succession.
The country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal party in Kenya.
MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for political liberalization in late 1991....
Although the regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, Kenya has been hampered by corruption and by reliance upon several primary goods whose prices have remained low.
In 1997, the IMF suspended Kenya's Enhanced Structural Adjustment Program due to the government's failure to maintain reforms and curb corruption.
The IMF, which had resumed loans in 2000 to help Kenya through a drought, again halted lending in 2001 when the government failed to institute several anticorruption measures....
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