Kenya: Raila Odinga withdraws from election rerun

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Kenya's National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) on Monday disclosed that 37 Kenyans protesters died, following three days of opposition protests after the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the victor of the August 8 elections.Kenyatta's announced victory was, however, overturned on September 1, after the opposition moved to the Supreme Court which cited irregularities when the IEBC transmitted the results of the poll. Many will fall by the wayside.

"I will not hesitate, for even a minute, to sign the new amendments into law once presented to me after debate and approval by parliament", Kenyatta said.

"We are aware that the Jubilee Party has set up a defectors' fund to finance the buying of leaders and losers and create the impression that there is an exodus from Nasa", he said.

Kenyan police lobbed tear gas at opposition supporters who protested around the country on Monday to demand a reform of the election commission before new polls are held later this month.

This interpretation is interesting because the textual reference is only to death and does not in any way refer to the withdrawal of a candidate.

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

The Nairobi-based court said the electoral board committed "irregularities and illegalities" during the vote, harming the integrity of the election.

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NASA said it is planning to hold demonstrations under the motto "No reform, no elections" across the East African nation on Wednesday - a move that analysts fear could lead to violence.

"They have started speaking for us. Kenya is a democratic country".

The remaining two were due to "civilian aggression".

This follows a petition filed in court by Pokot South MP David Pkosing who wants the Opposition leader be compelled to participate in the poll.

The MP argues that Mr Odinga must comply with the Supreme Court decision that ordered a fresh presidential election, and that his threats to boycott the election if certain conditions are not met will be unlawful.

It believes the election will have to be cancelled as a result of Mr Odinga's withdrawal, allowing "adequate time to undertake the reforms necessary to conduct an election that is in strict conformity with the constitution, the relevant laws and the constitution".

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