Protest ban is­sued ahead of ral­lies

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION & WORLD -

The Kenyan gov­ern­ment out­lawed demon­stra­tions in three ma­jor cities on Thurs­day ahead of op­po­si­tion plans to hold mas­sive ral­lies around the coun­try de­mand­ing elec­toral re­form. The or­der sets the gov­ern­ment on a col­li­sion course with sup­port­ers of op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga, who ear­lier this week pulled out of a pres­i­den­tial re­run elec­tion set for Oct. 26 against Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta.

The Supreme Court in­val­i­dated the elec­tion re­sults from Au­gust — which gave Keny­atta the win — af­ter al­le­ga­tions of wide­spread ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in vote count­ing. Odinga’s back­ers have held weekly protests against the elec­tion com­mis­sion which they ac­cuse of fa­vor­ing Keny­atta.

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