KENYAN OPPOSITION LEADER WITHDRAWS FROM REPEAT POLLS

NAIROBI, Kenya’s opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, withdrew on Tuesday from a court-ordered re-run of the presidential election due on Oct. 26, saying the vote would not be free or fair and leaving President Uhuru Kenyatta as the only candidate.

President Uhuru Kenyatta emerged as the winner, with more than 60 percent of the vote, a result that according to his opponent was rigged by his supporters.

Aspiring for the National Super Alliance coalition, Odinga challenged before courts the results of the October 8A�s elections, whose annulment was obtained and afterwards its demands increased, including the dismissal and arrest of the directors of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), the reform of the new Electoral Law and the change of date for the elections.

Last Wednesday, Parliament approved new commission legislation according to which if an applicant refuses to attend a run-off, his opponent is automatically declared as the winner and also allows other applicants to be included.

Days ago, the Supreme Court ruled that the other candidates in the first elections may also compete on the run-off, which, in practice, will validate the vote despite Odinga’s abstention.

However, the candidate is likely to call his followers to street protests leading to riots similar to those of 2007, where over 1200 people died.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK