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Odinga rejects Kenya’s presidential election result

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga of the Azimio La Umoja (Declaration of Unity) One Kenya Alliance, who competed in Kenya’s presidential election, addresses the nation following the announcement of the results of the presidential election, in Nairobi, Kenya August 16, 2022. Photo: Reuters

Raila Odinga has rejected as a “travesty” the result of August 9 Kenya’s presidential election in which he was declared to have lost to Deputy President William Ruto.

Reuters reports that Odinga, the opposition leader on Tuesday said Kenya’s democracy faces a long legal crisis.

His comments on the result firstly came after four of the seven election commissioners said they stood by their decision a day earlier to disown figures announced by electoral commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.

The reactions trailing the development in Kenya has raised fears of violence after past disputed polls including aftermaths of 2007 presidential vote which led to the death of more than 1,200 in widespread clashes.

Overnight, Odinga’s supporters battled police, burning tyres in the western city of Kisumu and the capital Nairobi’s huge Kibera slum, but quiet had returned to the streets by Tuesday morning.

Writing by Muzha Kucha