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Kenya braces for protests as election rerun looms

epa06242088 Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition coalition The National Super Alliance (NASA) and its presidential candidate, looks on before his meeting with Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of the electoral commission Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), to discuss the presidential election re-run shceduled for 26 October 2017, in Nairobi, Kenya, 03 October 2017. Despite IEBC's attempt to end the political stalemate, NASA said after the meeting that none of the conditions they laid out for a repeat poll were met by the commission and that the opposition will continue to push for the body's reform through protests and demonstrations.  EPA-EFE/DAI KUROKAWA


Kenya is bracing for street protests as the East African nation awaits the electoral commission’s response to opposition leader Raila Odinga’s decision to withdraw from a presidential vote rerun that’s threatening a constitutional crisis. Opposition supporters gathered on Wednesday in the capital, Nairobi, and in the western city of Kisumu to join demonstrations called to protest what Odinga said is the electoral commission’s failure to ensure that the new vote ordered by the Supreme Court will be fair.
The tribunal annulled the presidential election in August because it failed to comply with the constitution.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won that ballot, said the rerun would go ahead.
Kenyan stocks fell as much as 1 percent and yields on its Eurobonds rose five basis points in early trade as the
opposition announcement clouded an already uncertain outlook for the economy, which is slowing after a prolonged drought. East Africa’s biggest economy and the world’s largest tea exporter, Kenya is a regional hub for companies including Toyota Motor Corp. and General Electric Co.

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