October 11, 2017 / 8:40 AM / a year ago

Kenya parliament passes controversial election law amendment

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan parliament passed an amendment on Wednesday to the country’s election laws, saying that if one candidate withdraws from a repeat presidential election, the other one would automatically win.

The amendment was heavily criticized by the opposition, whose legislators boycotted the vote. Opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from a repeat presidential vote scheduled for Oct. 26 on Tuesday, citing concerns over fairness and transparency. The law must now be signed by the president.

reporting by Humphrey Malalo; writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Catherine Evans

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