Kenyan presidential election turnes into political crisis

28.10.2017, Kenya.

The Kenya election commission postponed voting in four counties “until further notice”, Associated Press reports on October 28.

Election polls were held in other Kenya’s counties on Thursday, but in the city of Kisumu, Kenya’s third-largest city, and in several Nairobi slums, Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition, boycotted the election. Mass riots occurred in these counties on Friday, resulting in at least 6 died and 6 police officers seriously injured. 86 were arrested up until now, police said.

The situation in the opposition strongholds has calmed down with the voting postponement; nevertheless, Kenya remains politically unstable.

About one-third of registered voters went to the polls, according to the election commission statement, while 80% of the electorate visited the first election held in August.

The Supreme Court’s of Kenya decision to nullify the August presidential election in the country was backed up by four of the six votes. The victory of the president of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, was disputed because of irregularities committed in the election.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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