Kenya's opposition leader quits presidential re-run

Kenya's opposition leader quits presidential re-run

Kenya's opposition leader quits presidential re-run

The nationwide demonstrations was called by Raila Odinga, the opposition leader, who also demanded that the ruling party is blocked from changing voting laws, to suit Kenyatta.

As a result, he said, "considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large" it was best that he withdrew from the race.

Supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition run as riot policemen fire tear gas to disperse them during a protest calling for the sacking of election board officials involved in August's cancelled presidential vote, in Nairobi, Kenya October 6, 2017.

In early September, the supreme court had annulled the results of the presidential election which were held on August 8 and ordered for a fresh vote in 60 days.

But lawyers for President Uhuru Kenyatta are pointing to regulations that say if there are only two candidates and one drops out after nominations, the remaining candidate is the victor.

It said Mr Kenyatta had won by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

"Other deaths were attributed to police using live bullets and a few from police bludgeoning using clubs", said part of the report read out to the Media by KNCHR chairwoman Kagwiria Mbogori.

Kenyatta criticized the opposition leader for waiting for so long, if his only plan for the fresh presidential election was to withdraw at the last minute. Speaking at a rally in the southern town of Voi, he said: "We have no problem going back to elections".

Nasa is taking that Supreme Court interpretation as the launch-pad for its contention that a new election must be conducted starting from nominations of candidates.

Incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta responded by telling local press there was nowhere in law that required the electoral body to consult Mr Odinga.

Odinga among other demands wants Al Ghurair, the firm that has been contracted to print the papers, to be dropped because it has connections to President Uhuru Kenyatta's family.

The only scenario that may be of considerable constitutional anxiety would be if the election is held anyway and the Nasa candidates wins despite having previously withdrawn from it.

A majority found so many irregularities, they said the elections did not meet the threshold set out by the constitution.

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