Raila Amolo Odinga
Kenyan opposition leader has withdrawn from the October 26 repeat polls as scheduled by the country’s electoral commission.
Raila Odinga and his National Super Alliance (NASA) had pledged not to take part in the vote re-run unless reforms were made to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya, on Tuesday, Odinga said, “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.
Reacting to NASA announcement, President Uhuru Kenyatta says he is okay with Raila Odinga’s withdrawal from the repeat presidential election.
The National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader exercised his “democratic right” to withdraw from the repeat poll, he said on Tuesday.
However, the president added, the October 26 poll will continue as schedule and as ordered by the Supreme Court.
Mr Kenyatta said while Mr Odinga has a right to pull out of the election, “he should know that Kenyans have a right to choose their leaders”.