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Kenya’s Supreme Court upholds repeat presidential vote

Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in last month’s repeat presidential vote.

Chief Justice David Maraga, announcing the verdict of all six of the judges, said the court dismissed the two legal challenges to the Oct. 26 vote.

The court dismissed challenges by human rights activists and a politician who argued that last month’s election was not conducted according to the law.

Kenyatta’s main challenger, NASA’s Raila Odinga, said in a statement by his adviser Salim Lone that the ruling “did not come as a surprise” and said “it was a decision taken under duress”, without giving evidence.

According to Reuters, residents in the western city of Kisumu, where Odinga has strong backing, youths barricaded roads in protest at the court’s decision, but there was no immediate response from the police.

Monday’s ruling clears the way for Kenyatta’s swearing-in on Nov. 28.

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