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African press review 20 October 2017

In the latest twist to the Kenya election rerun saga, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga faces jail for alleged contempt of court. And he says he might return to the race under certain conditions. Kids could soon be taking their parents to court in South Africa. And Egypt is worried about the delay in completing two studies of the impact of the Renaissance Dam in Ethiopia.

Kenya opposition suspends protest campaign after deaths

yesterdayNews : The Lookout

Opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday he was suspending a protest campaign after three people were shot dead in demonstrations against Kenya's election body. The National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition had earlier said the protests would resume on Wednesday after pausing for a day in a tribute to the victims. Show More Summary

Kenya's Odinga pulled out of election to avoid defeat: deputy president

yesterdayNews : The Cutline

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga decided not to stand in next week's presidential election to avoid defeat rather than for reasons of principle, the deputy president said on Tuesday. Odinga was due to face President Uhuru Kenyatta on Oct. Show More Summary

Kenya opposition suspends reform protests after killings

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has suspended protests intended to press for reforms to the electoral commission ahead of the repeat presidential elections on Oct. 26. Odinga said Tuesday that … Click to Continue »

Kenyan police killed at least 33 people in Nairobi after elections: rights groups

3 days agoNews : The Newsroom

Excessive force by police against protesters and residents in strongholds of opposition leader Raila Odinga caused the deaths in Nairobi, the report said. President Uhuru Kenyatta defeated Odinga in the Aug. 8 election and days of protests followed.

Kenyan opposition leader Odinga, who withdrew from vote re-run, calls for protests

By Joseph Akwiri MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from a presidential election re-run set for Oct. 26 saying it should only take place once wide-ranging reforms are undertaken, urged his supporters on Sunday to hold protests. Show More Summary

Kenya's Odinga says October poll would be illegal

5 days agoNews : The Cutline

By Karin Strohecker LONDON (Reuters) - Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday his withdrawal from a presidential election rerun scheduled for Oct. 26 meant the poll had been "canceled" and there should be fresh nominations for a new vote. Show More Summary

African press review 13 October 2017

George Weah takes partial lead in Liberia's Presidential polls but observers expect a runoff. Kenya's Raila Odinga defies ban on urban rallies to press for electoral reforms after vowing to boycott rerun Presidential elections.

Protests banned in Kenya after opposition leader pulls out of presidential election

Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga have been holding regular demonstrations in multiple cities to push for election reforms before a re-run of Kenya’s presidential election later this month. Continue reading ? The post Protests banned in Kenya after opposition leader pulls out of presidential election appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Kenya opposition leader withdraws from fresh election

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday shocked the country by withdrawing his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court, saying the election commission has not made changes to avoid the "irregularities and illegalities" cited in the nullified August vote.

Kenya says all previous candidates can run in fresh election

last weekNews : The Lookout

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — All eight candidates for the Kenya presidential election that was annulled can participate in the new vote later this month, the election commission announced Wednesday, saying opposition leader Raila Odinga is still considered a candidate because he hasn't turned in the required withdrawal form.

8 hurt in protests as Kenya election officials mull next move

Eight people were injured in protests in Kenya on Wednesday, a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga announced he would quit the presidential race, in a move that plunged the country into uncharted waters. Election officials haveShow More Summary

What next after Raila Odinga quit presidential vote?

Electoral board to study opposition leader's withdrawal as president vows polls will proceed without major contender.

Why did Raila Odinga withdraw from the election rerun?

Odinga's withdrawal will not make Uhuru Kenyatta president. But it will give more time to prepare for the new vote.

Kenya court allows opposition candidate to run in new poll

A Kenyan judge has allowed a minor opposition candidate to run for president, a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the rerun of the poll ordered by the … Click to Continue »

Kenyan opposition leader Odinga abandons poll re-run

last weekNews : The Cutline

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew Tuesday from a re-run of the presidential election in the latest twist to a political saga that has plunged the nation into uncertainty. Odinga, 72, said he was pulling out because Kenya's election panel had failed to make vital reforms -- but he indicated this did not mean his battle was over. Show More Summary

Kenya thrown into crisis as opposition leader withdraws from election re-run

last weekNews : The Newsroom

Kenya’s opposition leader on Tuesday withdrew from the rerun of a presidential election voided by judges in August, tipping an already turbulent country into constitutional crisis. Raila Odinga said he would not participate in the new...Show More Summary

Plunging Kenya Into Crisis, Opposition Leader Drops Out Of Presidential Race

last weekNews : The Two-Way

Raila Odinga, who had sought and won a re-run of the August presidential elections, said he could not be sure the new elections would be free and fair. So, he has decided not to run.

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