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Con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis: Kenya was thrown into po­lit­i­cal tur­moil this week after op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga dropped out of the up­com­ing redo of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. In­cum­bent Uhuru Keny­atta was de­clared the win­ner of the orig­i­nal vote, in Au­gust, but the Supreme Court an­nulled the re­sult and or­dered a new vote after Odinga al­leged mas­sive fraud. The same elec­toral of­fi­cials who mon­i­tored the ini­tial flawed vote were ap­pointed to over­see next week’s elec­tion, a con­test Odinga said he would not take part in be­cause the elec­toral board was “rot­ten” and would again fal­sify the count. Protests are ex­pected, and Kenyans are brac­ing for vi­o­lence. In 2007, at least 1,400 peo­ple died in eth­nic clashes after Odinga lost to Mwai Kibaki, the then in­cum­bent.

Odinga: Vic­tim of a rigged vote?

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