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Raila Odinga pulls out of October 26 re-run

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Raila Odinga pulls out of October 26 re-run
Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga has pulled out of the country’s October 26 election re-run.

Raila Odinga said his withdrawal would give the electoral commission enough time to introduce reforms that will help deliver a more credible election.

Kenyan Supreme Court annulled the result of the original August 8th poll citing irregularities and declaring it “neither transparent or verifiable”.

The electoral commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner. According to the poll results, Mr Kenyatta had won by a margin of 1.4 million votes.

A re-run was due to be conducted on 26 October, however, Mr Odinga has pulled out.

In his words:

“after deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by the party vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017.”