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Kenya opposition threaten boycott of election rerun

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 01:37

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga says the Supreme Court's decision to annul last month's presidential election won't make a difference unless the second attempt in October comes with ''legal and constitutional'' guarantees. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) KENYAN OPPOSITION LEADER RAILA ODINGA, SAYING: "You cannot do a mistake twice and expect to get different results." Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga is threatening to boycott a presidential election re-run after the country's Supreme Court annulled the first one due to voting irregularities. That poll was originally called in favor of his rival, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta. And Odinga says that unless he's given what he calls, "legal and constitutional" guarantees there's no point in wasting time on this next attempt, scheduled for October. His terms include the firing of some members of the election commission, and a criminal investigation into it. He's previously called for the commission to be completely replaced, a move rejected by Kenyatta's government. Now there's much more than just politics on the line. After the 2007 poll, a similar dispute over the results led to weeks of ethnic violence that killed over 1,200 people. This current cycle has been more calm, but it has seen some bloodshed including the murder of a high ranking election official just days before the vote. If there is a bright spot in this crisis it could be on the Supreme Court itself. Widely regarded in the past as a rubber stamp for whoever was in power, its current judges have shown that is no longer the case. The judiciary seeming to rise above ethnic and political ties, at least for now.

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Kenya opposition threaten boycott of election rerun

Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 01:37