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Kenyan shilling treads water as importer demand for dlr looms

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NAIROBI, Oct 12 (Reuters) - The Kenyan shilling

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steady against the dollar on Friday, but traders said the localcurrency's outlook remained bearish in the days ahead due toimporter demand for the greenback.

At 0716 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at85.05/25 to the dollar, barely changed from Thursday's close of85.10/30.

"It looks a bit quiet for now, but we could see a bit morepressure on the shilling from importers ... pushing it to its85.50 support," said Julius Kiriinya, a trader at AfricanBanking Corporation.

Traders see the shilling weakening in the medium term as anaggressive rate-cutting cycle filters through the economy andamid political uncertainty as the east African nation headstowards a general election in March 2013, the first sincenationwide violence in 2007.

The central bank has cut the benchmark rate

twice since July by a total 500 basis points to 13 percent,after holding at an ultra-high 18 percent for seven straightmonths to reign in inflation and foreign currency volatility.

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.......................Central Bank of Kenya Index

.....................Kenyan Bonds contributor pages

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................Daily interbank lending rate

.............................Kenya Bond pricing

..................Real time Africa economic data

...........................African economic news

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(Reporting by Kevin Mwanza; Editing by Richard Lough)

((nairobi.newsroom@reuters.com)(Tel: +254 20 2224717))

Keywords: KENYA MARKETS/

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