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Despite looming int’l trial for crimes against humanity, Kenya's new leader Uhuru Kenyatta will maintain country's close relations with the West, analysts say

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Despite a looming international trial for crimes against humanity, Kenya's new leader Uhuru Kenyatta will maintain the country's close relations with the West, analysts say, calming fears his rule could see a breach in ties.

Kenyatta, son of Kenya's founding president and one of Africa's richest men -- who will be sworn into office on Tuesday -- used anti-Western rhetoric in campaigns ahead of last month's elections.

But not only is the astute businessman Western-educated, the West is simply too involved in Kenya's economy for the new president to be able to turn exclusively to the East even if he wanted to, analysts say.

Emmanuel Kisiangani, an analyst at the Nairobi branch of the South African-based Institute for Security Studies, said there is a lot of intertwining between Kenya's economy and the West,' said.

So deep are the links that Kenyatta would not have the power to decide unilaterally to turn exclusively to the East and work only with China, Kisiangani said.

While China has a growing presence in the region, the bulk of foreign investment -- including in key sectors such as agriculture, banking and tourism -- is by Western companies.

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