Kenya: Raila Odinga withdraws from election rerun

Raila Odinga, Kenya’s opposition leader, has withdrawn his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the country’s supreme court, saying the election commission has not made the changes to avoid the “irregularities and illegalities” cited in the nullified August poll.

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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