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According to party sources, Kenya’s opposition alliance will Thursday name veteran Kenyan politician, Raila Odinga, as its presidential candidate.

The announcement is on,” said a senior official from Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement, referring to Odinga and his vice-presidential pick, Kalonzo Musyoka. “It is a Raila-Kalonzo ticket.”

A senator from another party confirmed the ticket.

Kenyan voters will go to the polls in August to elect a president, lawmakers and local officials. Devolution means that many of the local races to control lucrative county budgets are expected to be closely fought.

Kenyans hope the vote will be largely peaceful, as it was in 2013. But the country is still haunted by the two months of violence that followed the disputed 2007 presidential poll, when political protests rapidly spilled into ethnic bloodletting. More than 1,200 people were killed.

Odinga, 72, ran and was defeated in both of the last two elections and comes from one of its most powerful political families.

He was Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008-2012 as part of a power sharing government set up to end the violence after former president Mwai Kibaki’s contested win in late 2007.