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Kenyan government bans riots in central business districts
Mombasa and Kisumu are strongholds of opposition support, and opposition leader Raila Odinga also has strong backing in parts of Nairobi. All three have seen repeated clashes between riot police and opposition supporters in recent weeks.

The Kenyan government today banned demonstrations in the business districts of Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa amid a standoff between the ruling party and the opposition over a repeat presidential election.

Internal Security Minister Fred Matiang'i said the ban applied to the central business districts of the capital, the western city of Kisumu and the coastal city of Mombasa.

Mombasa and Kisumu are strongholds of opposition support, and opposition leader Raila Odinga also has strong backing in parts of Nairobi. All three have seen repeated clashes between riot police and opposition supporters in recent weeks.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Odinga were due to go to the polls in a repeat presidential election on October 26, after the Supreme Court nullified Kenyatta's win in August 8 polls over procedural irregularities.

But this week Odinga announced he was withdrawing from the race, throwing the East African nation into political turmoil. Kenya is the region's richest economy, a transport and trade gateway and a Western ally in a region roiled by conflict.