Kenyan shilling stable, trade ramping up after election lull

Kenya Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge displays the newly designed Kenyan shilling bank notes during a news conference at the Central Bank in Nairobi, Kenya, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

NAIROBI, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Kenya's shilling was broadly stable against the dollar on Friday as dollar supply and demand started to ramp up after a post-election lull, traders said.

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At 0943 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 119.65/85 against the dollar, compared to Thursday's closing rate of 119.60/80.

"Demand has been quiet but now picking up again," a trader at a commercial bank said. "Some people were holding their dollars over the election – but the perception of chaotic conditions have gone down out so inflows have increased."

According to Refinitiv data, the shilling has fallen around 5.5% against the dollar this year.

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Reporting by Hereward Holland; Editing by George Obulutsa

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