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Meet Yvonne Khamati, the Kenyan Diplomat Who Became One of Africa's Youngest MPs at 22

Virtually everyone knows the name of Africa’s oldest president, but little or no attention is given to many of the continent’s young leaders and parliamentarians, such as Yvonne Khamati.

In 2001, aged of 21, Khamati made history by becoming the youngest person to be elected in the executive committee of the political party, Ford Kenya.

Back when she was just 17, she had served as the international coordinator of the world youth organisation on climate change, engaging world leaders on climate change, at the tail end of the 20th century – long before the phenomenon became a buzzword.

By the time she was 22, she became the youngest person to have been appointed to the East African Parliament. In May 2007, at 24, she was appointed ambassador and permanent representative of Kenya to Ethiopia.

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