Rul­ing blow for Kenya’s coali­tion

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NAIROBI: Kenya’s Supreme Court yes­ter­day re­jected the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the main op­po­si­tion coali­tion in pe­ti­tions chal­leng­ing Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s vic­tory in last month’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

The rul­ing, on the first day of the court’s re­view of the pe­ti­tions, is a set­back for op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga’s NASA coali­tion, which hopes to over­turn Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s vic­tory in the Oc­to­ber 26 poll.

The court has un­til Mon­day to rule on the pe­ti­tions, the lat­est chap­ter in a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis that has stirred fears for the sta­bil­ity of the east African na­tion.

If the elec­tion re­sult is up­held, Keny­atta will be sworn in on Novem­ber 28. He came to power in 2013 and won a sec­ond and fi­nal term in Au­gust, de­feat­ing Odinga by 1.4 mil­lion votes. – Reuters

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