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Kenya police shoot dead 2 opposition protesters

Kenya police shoot dead 2 opposition protesters

Kenyatta and Odinga were due to return to the polls because the Supreme Court nullified Kenyatta's win in an August 8 election, citing procedural irregularities.

Odinga, who successfully challenged the August 8 re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta last month, said the repeat poll should be canceled and a fresh election held after the election board has carried out reforms.

The all-share index dropped 0.67 percent and the blue-chip index 1.41 percent, while Kenya's dollar-denominated 2024 sovereign bond fell as much as 1.2 cents, according to Reuters data, as political uncertainty deepened.

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

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

"We expect demonstrations all over the country tomorrow (Wednesday), from Mandera to Luanda, to Lamu as earlier scheduled", Mr Orengo said at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi, moments after Mr Odinga quit the race.

On Wednesday, the election board said the polls would be held as planned and all eight of the original candidates would be on the ballot. However the country still has grim memories of the perils of post-election violence, with a disputed 2007 poll sparking politically-motivated tribal clashes that left some 1,100 dead.

"This ban, announced just two weeks ahead of a fraught repeat presidential election, is likely to become a basis for heavy-handed police crackdowns", said Michelle Kagari, a deputy regional director with Amnesty International.

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"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".

In 2013, Kenyatta defeated Odinga in a hotly contested election.

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

Kenyan police have shot dead two people and wounded a third when a crowd tried to storm a police station during an opposition protest against a looming presidential vote re-run, a senior official says.

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.

He said Nasa Parliamentary Group would hold a meeting with the "People of Kenya" at Uhuru Park where they would proceed to read their resolutions before leading the demonstrators to the IEBC headquarters at Anniversary Towers. "I support the exercise of their fundamental right".