If Odinga is also sworn in, divisions in Kenya will likely deepen. Months of acrimonious campaigns and sporadic clashes have already blunted growth in East Africa’s richest economy.
Chief Justice David Maraga said all six judges dismissed the two legal challenges to the vote, but the opposition NASA coalition insisted the government was illegitimate.
The main objective of the new National Resistance Movement will be to advance electoral justice in Kenya and across Africa as well.
Kenya’s repeat presidential election, boycotted this week by millions, has lead inhabitants of one small village in the west to pick up traditional arms.
Polling stations in Kenyan opposition strongholds were shuttered on Thursday and youths burnt street barricades, heeding an election boycott set to hand victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The decision to cancel the vote result, the first of its kind in Kenya’s history, sets up a new race for the presidency between Kenyatta and veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.
After anger erupted in Kenya following Kenyatta’s re-election, Odinga accused the government of having planned to rig elections and murder his supporters.
An opposition official said information from “confidential sources” showed Odinga had secured victory, contradicting official preliminary results.
As of 0300 GMT, the election commission website put Kenyatta ahead by 55.1% of votes counted to 44% for Odinga, more than 80% of polling stations reported.
Deputy president William Ruto, the running mate of President Uhuru Kenyatta, was out with his family at the time of the attack in the town of Eldoret.
Kenya’s chief justice warned President Kenyatta not to undermine public confidence in the judiciary after the latter cast doubt on the courts’ integrity on the election trail.
While Kenyatta focused on his pet project of increasing investment in the health sector, Modi pushed for a faster process to draw up an action plan on security collaboration.
Kenya is seeking greater engagement with India in tourism, defence and healthcare, while India is looking to regain its position as Kenya’s number one trade partner from China.
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South Africa and Burundi’s exit will likely embolden other African states to leave the ICC.
The government of Uhuru Kenyatta may wish to reconsider its repeated attacks against NGOs. The country as a whole is likely to benefit if the government softens its stance.
Government critics and Western ambassadors have accused the police of using excessive force and have called for dialogue.
Police in Nairobi fired tear gas at people leaving a rally of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy that was fully authorised and had passed without incident.
The International Criminal Court’s decision to throw out post-election violence charges against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto gives him a major boost as he prepares to run for elections next year.