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Kenyan president says respects court decision to invalidate election


Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday he disagreed with the Supreme Court ruling that nullified his win in last month’s presidential election, but that he would respect the decision and urged citizens to do the same.

“The court has made its decision. We respect it. We don’t agree with it. And again, I say peace … peace, peace, peace,” he said in a televised address. “That is the nature of democracy”. Reuters quotes him say.

Kenya made history after the country’s Supreme Court nullified the results of the recently held presidential elections.

The country becomes the first African country to annul a presidential election through a judicial process.

The Supreme Court cited irregularities committed by the electoral body. Chief Justice David Maraga says the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission breached the constitution, affecting the integrity of the polls.

The court was delivering its verdict following a petition filed by Kenya’s veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Odinga had rejected the results citing irregularities. The electoral body had declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the August polls, with 52 percent of the vote.

Odinga came second in that disputed election. The country is now expected to hold fresh elections in the next two months.

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