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Kenya's Opposition Leader Decides to Take Election Dispute to Supreme Court

17 Août 2017

At least 24 people have died in protests opposing President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election although global observers saying the official results, which show Kenyatta trounced veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga with more than 1 million votes, are credible.

Odinga, an ethnic Luo who scored almost 45 percent of votes to Kenyatta's 54 percent, has a huge following notably among the poor who are drawn to his platform of more equitable economic growth.

Speaking at the weekend, Odinga had said he would advise supporters this Tuesday of "the next course of action". But they instead released a statement postponing his remarks to Wednesday, given what they called the "urgency, complexity and delicate nature" of the issues being considered.

An independent electoral commission declared on August 11 that incumber President Uhuru Kenyatta had been re-elected.

The opposition has rejected the results, which gave Kenyatta, 55, a second term with 54% of the vote.

Foreign observers had described the election as free and fair.

About 24 people have died in violence since the August 8th election and Mr Odinga's decision will likely ease concerns that he would call for demonstrations that might trigger further violence.

Days of sometimes violent street protests, crushed by police, have left at least 17 people dead - among them two children - since the declaration of Kenyatta's victory on Friday. "The EU EOM calls on all political leaders to seek only peaceful public responses", the mission said.

Kegoro said the group has not received any formal communication from the NGO board.

The group's executive director, George Kegoro, says this is not the first time the Kenyan government has tried to de-register it.

"Mohamed Fazul only attacks us in the media".

"The US never supported one party or candidate in #ElectionsKE".

Electoral observers from the African Union, European Union and Carter Center praised the electoral commission's work, and a local observation group that dispatched more than 8,000 monitors to the polls said its tallies from polling stations were consistent with the official results.

Through a statement to the media, NASA says that significant consultations between a series of stakeholders needed to be done first before coining the next move for a coalition that have previously vowed not to go to courts to petition election malpractice again.

Kenya's Opposition Leader Decides to Take Election Dispute to Supreme Court