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Boycott of Kenya’s re-run presidential election signals opposition coalition’s collapse, facilitating mining law and interest cap reviews

11 October 2017

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The leader of Kenya’s opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition, Raila Odinga, announced on 10 October that he will boycott the re-run presidential election scheduled for 26 October.

President Uhuru Kenyatta of the ruling Jubilee Party will face ‘Third Way Alliance’ candidate Ekuru Aukot, who obtained a 0.18% vote share in the original 8 August election. The boycott follows Odinga’s failure to secure “irreducible minimum demands” on electoral reforms. Most significant relating to these was the Supreme Court’s decision on 9 October authorising the election commission CEO, Ezra Chiloba, to manage the re-run election. The Supreme Court nullified President Kenyatta’s re-election in the 8 August poll due to shortcomings in transmission of the results.

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