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Raila Odinga, Kenya Opposition Leader, Won’t Run in New Election
Raila Odinga said that All indications are that the election scheduled for Oct. 26 will be worse than the previous one,
When announcing his withdrawal from the race, Mr. Odinga said it was best for him to pull out, "considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region
and the world at large." In its ruling, the court singled out the election board for mishandling the original vote.
During a campaign tour on Monday, Mr. Kenyatta said his rival was free to withdraw
from the race "if he’s not interested." Kenyans "are tired," Mr. Kenyatta said.
Patrick Gathara, a Kenyan commentator and a political cartoonist based in Nairobi, called the new developments "the best moment for Kenya’s civic education." "People are talking
and quoting the Constitution in bars; people are paying attention," he said, adding: "We’re talking about a crisis, but we’re clarifying the rules and the laws.
The announcement came a month and a half after the Kenyan Supreme Court made history by nullifying the election of the incumbent, President Uhuru Kenyatta,
and ordered a new one, in response to complaints of voting irregularities.