Kenya opposition supporters defy protest ban

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The results of of those elections were overturned by the Supreme Court, after a lawsuit by the main opponent to President Uhuru Kenyatta, based on fraudulent manipulation when posting the vote-count results on the Web.

The Supreme Court said a new election must take place within 60 days, and Odinga has demanded fundamental reforms such as the sacking of top IEBC officials and the recruitment of new companies to print ballot papers and run election technology.

A regional and trade gateway, Kenya is East Africa's richest economy and an important Western ally in the fight against militant Islamists in the region.

But opposition leader Raila Odinga has refused to take part, saying the re-run should not happen until wide-ranging reforms are brought in to prevent another failed vote.

But in an interview in London, Odinga told the AP he's willing to return if that changes.

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"This must be done right in the interest of electoral democracy in our country".

Kenyatta said he has two weeks to consider the amendment to the country's electoral law, which was passed by Parliament on Wednesday amid strong criticism.

However the IEBC appears to be pushing forward with plans for an October 26 vote, saying only that Odinga had yet to submit the required form to officially pull out of the race. "The ball is now in the president's court", said Duale. That judgement stated that if a candidate dies or withdraws from the fresh election, the IEBC must begin presidential nominations from scratch.

"What we are demanding is that the electoral commission should respect the Supreme Court and carry out elections in accordance with the ruling, ".

"We can not go on this way". No candidate aside from Odinga and Kenyatta received even 1 percent of the vote.

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The standoff over the elections has sparked demonstrations, but the numbers of protesters has tended to be in the hundreds rather than the thousands.

Kenya's government has banned demonstrations in three major Kenyan cities - the capital Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.

Anti-riot police officers attempt to disperse protesters supporting opposition leader Raila Odinga at Nyalenda slums, in Kisumu County on August 12, 2017.

Security Minister Fred Matiangi on Thursday banned rallies in the centre of Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, accusing opposition supporters of lawlessness after incidents in which property was destroyed, passers-by robbed or assaulted, and business disrupted.

"As much as the constitution allows people to picket and demonstrate, the government's key priority is to protect its citizens and their property and this, for sure, we shall do without fear or favor", Matiang'i said.

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"(The government) are talking about a benevolent dictatorship - we can assure them that the people of Kenya will not take it lying down", Odinga said.

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