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Kenya's opposition takes legal action

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 01:20

Kenya's opposition leader has filed a case at the Supreme Court challenging recent election results. Sara Hemrajani reports.

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Determined and defiant -- Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga, is taking legal action to challenge the results of this month's election. Carrying a stack of petition files, Odinga and his running mate went to the Supreme Court in Nairobi late on Friday. Election officials have said that President Uhuru Kenyatta won by 1.4 million votes. But Odinga and the opposition coalition say the results were rigged. Soundbite: Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader, saying (English): "It is not just a Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka petition, it is a petition by millions of Kenyans who would like to see justice done in our country and we hope that through this petition we can finally transform the electoral process in our country. It also shows that in the national elections which were held in our country the number of counties were a sham" The petition details various accusations but Odinga and his team have not yet presented evidence of fraud. The Supreme Court now has 14 days to hear and determine the petition. Separately, a Kenyan police monitor has opened an investigation into election-related violence. At least 28 people have been killed since polling day, many of them shot by the police.

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Kenya's opposition takes legal action

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 01:20