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Kenya's Raila Odinga quits presidential election re-run
Odinga and his National Super Alliance (NASA) had pledged not to take part in the re-run unless a series of reforms were made to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Nasa leader Raila Odinga

Nasa leader Raila Odinga

Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn from the re-run of the presidential election.

The opposition leader says the Independent electoral and boundaries commission (IEBC) has not shown any progress on introducing the reforms the opposition has been demanding for.

"After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election ... we believe that all will be best served by [the party] vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 October 2017'' Odinga said to journalists on today in Nairobi.

The veteran politician said the IEBC has shown no intention of making any changes that could ensure the irregularities of the last election do not happen.

''We have come to the conclusion that there is no intention on the part of the IEBC to undertake any changes to its operations and personnel to ensure that the “illegalities and irregularities” that led to the invalidation of the 8th August 2017 do not happen again'' He said.

The opposition leader also accused the President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto of planning to return to the old days of dictatorship and says it was their motive for rigging the August 8th election.