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Kenya's Raila Odinga withdraws from election re-run

Raila Odinga announces decision to withdraw from presidential election re-run.

Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga, Kenya's opposition leader has withdrawn from a re-run of the presidential election, saying electoral officials have failed to make necessary reforms.

Kenya's Supreme Court last month annulled the August presidential poll, won by incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, due to widespread irregularities in the counting process.

Odinga and his National Super Alliance (NASA) had pledged not to take part in the re-run unless a series of reforms were made to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday, Odinga said: "After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election ... we believe that all will be best served by [the party] vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017.

"We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel ... All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one."


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