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Teargas flies as Kenya election crisis enters third month

Friday, October 06, 2017 - 01:12

Police fired tear gas on opposition activists in Nairobi, with three weeks remaining until a second attempt at August's failed presidential election - a rerun oppositon leaders have threatened to boycott. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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Tear gas flying in Nairobi as Kenya's election crisis enters its third month. There's only three weeks to go until the country makes a second attempt at a presidential election. That after the first attempt in August was voided by the Supreme Court citing voting irregularities. These protesters are calling for the dismissal of the election board, which named President Uhuru Kenyatta as victor in the first poll. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has threatened to boycott the new attempt altogether, if those officials aren't fired or if a new bill is passed that would bar Supreme Court oversight of the next effort. Parliament could decide on these matters as early as next week. Protests have occurred across the country since August, although they've been mostly peaceful. Compared to a similar dispute in 2007 that led to weeks of ethnic violence and the death of 1,200 people. But there has been some recent bloodshed, with at least dozens killed. And Kenya's reputation as a stabilizing force in the region is on the line.

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Teargas flies as Kenya election crisis enters third month

Friday, October 06, 2017 - 01:12