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ELECTION DRAMA CONTINUES IN KENYA AS CIVIL WAR IS ON THE BRINK

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The country’s electoral commission had previously declared President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner, but this result was overturned by the court.

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RAILA Odinga, Kenya’s opposition leader, has set conditions for taking part in a presidential vote rerun in October after the Supreme Court declared last month’s poll invalid.

Odinga’s conditions include the sacking of several election commission officials, a review of the electronic transmission of results, and for all eight presidential candidates who took part in the 8 August poll to be allowed to contest the 17 October election.

“There will be no elections on the 17th of October until the conditions that we have spelt out in the statement are met,” he said on Tuesday.

On Friday, David Maraga, chief justice of Kenya’s Supreme Court, declared Kenyatta’s victory “invalid, null and void”, saying there had been widespread irregularities in the electronic transmission of vote results.

It is the first time a presidential election result has been overturned in Africa, and follows three failed bids by Odinga for the presidency, in 1997, 2007 and 2013.

An angry Kenyatta said he would respect the decision, but then went on to slam the judges: “Every time we do something a judge comes out and places an injunction. It can’t go on like this … there is a problem and we must fix it.”

Kenyatta also branded the judges “crooks”, prompting a strong reaction from the judiciary about his “veiled threats” which it called an “assault on the judiciary”.

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