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Kenya’s Raila Odinga withdraws from election rerun

Kenya’s opposition leader has made a surprise announcement prior to new supreme court-ordered presidential election.

Mr Odinga on Tuesday announced that his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka will also not take part in the repeat election.

His reason is the election commission has not made the changes to avoid the “irregularities and illegalities” cited in the nullified August poll.

Uhuru Kenyatta reacts to Raila Odinga’s poll pull-out

In reaction to this, incumbent President Kenyatta says he is ok with Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from the repeat presidential election. However he termed Mr Odinga’s withdrawal as “injustice”, saying more than Sh12 billion has been spent to prepare for the repeat poll. “That money would have been used to build roads,” he said during his campaign in Voi.

Odinga, whose legal challenge led the court to nullify the 8 August election won by Uhuru Kenyatta, made the surprise announcement on Tuesday.

The court also ordered a new election, which is set for 26 October. It was the first time a court had overturned the results of a presidential election in Africa.

Odinga said there was no intention on the part of Kenya’s election commission to undertake any changes before the vote.

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