Kenya Bans Street Protests Amid Election Row

Kenya Bans Street Protests Amid Election Row

The Supreme Court had annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta's win in the August election, after it found that the election commission had not followed the constitution and the electoral laws.

A regional and trade gateway, Kenya is East Africa's richest economy and an important Western ally in the fight against militant Islamists in the region. Kenya's Supreme Court last month annulled the August election citing widespread irregularities in the counting process and mismanagement by election officials, and called for a re-run within 60 days.

But in an interview in London, Odinga told the AP he's willing to return if that changes.

The protests come as Kenya is mired in confusion over a presidential election that is due to take place in less than two weeks, on October 26.

On Wednesday, the election board said the polls would be held as planned and all eight of the original candidates would be on the ballot. "We should start to see a recovery at the bourse", Satchu said.

Bondo lawmaker Gideon Ochanda condemned the killings, saying the police should exercise restraint as they disperse the demonstrators.

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In response, the commission tweeted a letter it sent on Tuesday to Mr Odinga's opposition coalition saying "we have taken the necessary steps to guarantee the integrity of the fresh presidential elections".

"We can not go on this way". No candidate aside from Odinga and Kenyatta received even 1 percent of the vote.

The standoff over the elections has sparked demonstrations, but the numbers of protesters has tended to be in the hundreds rather than the thousands.

11 de octubre de 2017, 14:50Nairobi, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) An unavoidable outbreak of street violence shook this capital today, when followers of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who boycotted the coming elections, went out to the streets, demanding reforms to the electoral law.

Police also used tear gas to break up small demonstrations in Kenya's three main cities, Kisumu, the capital and the port of Mombasa, which were held in defiance of a government ban on rallies in city centres.

In a statement, Kenya's Interior Minister said the ban on protests was put in place Thursday because the demonstrations present a "clear, present, and imminent danger". "I support the exercise of their fundamental right".

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