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Kenya vote in balance

Reuters
Friday, October 13, 2017

NAIROBI - Kenya lurched deeper into political crisis on Wednesday as a court ruling and a parliamentary vote appeared to ease Uhuru Kenyatta's path to a second term as president, a day after his rival quit an election they were to contest.

Mr Kenyatta and Raila Odinga were due to face off in a repeat election on October 26, after the Supreme Court annulled their August ballot — in which the president was declared the winner.

But Mr Odinga pulled out of the re-run on Tuesday, fuelling doubts about whether it would be contested at all. Wednesday's interventions by the judiciary and legislature added to the uncertainty.

As police used teargas to disperse opposition protesters demanding electoral reform, the High Court approved a petition by Ekuru Aukot, who polled less than 1 percent in the August vote, to contest the second ballot.

The ruling suggested that some form of second election, would go ahead, with Mr Kenyatta the likely winner against a weaker candidate.








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