Opposition leader makes surprise announcement prior to new supreme court-ordered presidential vote

Raila Odinga, Kenya’s opposition leader, has withdrawn his candidacy for the fresh presidential election ordered by the country’s supreme court, saying the election commission has not made the changes to avoid the “irregularities and illegalities” cited in the nullified August poll.

Odinga, whose legal challenge led the court to nullify the 8 August election won by Uhuru Kenyatta, made the surprise announcement on Tuesday.

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