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    Kenya Mulling Withdrawal From International Criminal Court – President

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    Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president stated that Kenya could withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kenya’s president admitted on Monday his administration was considering two bills passed by the parliament in favor of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    The Hague-based court dropped charges earlier this year against William Ruto, the deputy of President Uhuru Kenyatta, who had a separate ICC case against him terminated in 2014.

    "The experience has given us cause to observe that this institution has become a tool of global power politics and not the justice it was built to dispense," Kenyatta said at a celebration marking the nation’s independence, as quoted by the Daily Nation newspaper.

    South Africa, Burundi and Gambia have recently announced their plans to pull out from the ICC for similar reasons, triggering fears of a mass exodus and prompting other African nations, including Nigeria, Zambia and Malawi, to pledge unwavering support of the court.

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