Kenyan opposition leader Odinga withdraws from new presidential election

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However, Kenya's president, who has been campaigning to defend his win declared in the August polls, Uhuru Kenyatta says Raila Odinga has exercised his democratic right to withdraw from repeat poll, saying the election will proceed as planned.

It was Odinga's legal challenge that led the court to nullify the August 8 election that President Uhuru Kenyatta won.

Odinga sent those preparations for the ballot into disarray when he announced his withdrawal, citing the commission's refusal to make changes to its personnel and processes to ensure a credible election.

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".

"The Commission can not compel a candidate to participate in an election".

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He told supporters: "There is nowhere the constitution says Raila Amollo Odinga has to be on the ballot".

Odinga's opposition alliance argued that by withdrawing, Kenya is required to hold fresh nominations and a new election.

Mr Odinga had called for countrywide protests to demand reforms to the commission ahead of the new election.

The Supreme Court last month rejected the August election in which Kenyatta was declared the victor after Odinga challenged the results, saying hackers infiltrated the electoral commission's computer system to manipulate the vote.

The election commission has said it was meeting with its legal team on the way forward.

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Mr Kenyatta has said he does not want changes to the election commission.

"The Supreme Court clarified that the relevant article is 138 (8) (b) which deals with cancellation of a presidential election, in the event of the death of the president or the deputy, on or before the scheduled date".

- According to the IEBC, the lack of the form 24A consequently invalidated Raila's withdrawal.

Mr Kenyatta has said that even if Mr Odinga won the fresh election, the ruling party in parliament would impeach him.

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