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Kenyan Opposition Head Welcomes Court Annulment of Presidential Election Results

© REUTERS / Thomas MukoyaKenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, address a news conference on the concluded presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya, August 9, 2017
Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, address a news conference on the concluded presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya, August 9, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Kenyan opposition leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga welcomed Friday the country's Supreme Court's ruling to declare the results of the presidential elections invalid and order a new vote.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier in the day, Kenya’s Supreme Court ordered the cancellation of the results of last month’s presidential election, won by incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta, and ordered that another presidential election be organized within 60 days.

"It’s a very historic day for the people of Kenya and by extension the people of Africa. For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying [the] irregular election of a president. This is a precedent-setting ruling," Odinga said, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

A woman cries after a supporter of opposition leader Raila Odinga was killed by police, witnesses said, in Mathare slum in Nairobi, Kenya August 9, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Odinga added that he was ready for a new election, noting, however, that his party had lost faith in the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). The opposition leader also called on authorities to prosecute those responsible for rigging the presidential elections.

Kenya held its presidential election on August 8. The country’s IEBC declared Kenyatta the winner with 54.27 percent of the vote, while Odinga, the leader of Kenyan opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) received 44.7 percent. Odinga said he would challenge the results in the Supreme Court.

NASA questioned the results of the election, claiming that the voting system had been tampered with. The IEBC denied the allegations. Following the official declaration of the winner, protests erupted in Kenya's capital Nairobi, leaving thousands injured.

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