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KENYA: Opposition Members Of Parlament Boycott Uhuru Kenyatta’s Speech

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Opposition Members of Parliament in Kenya have boycotted the opening of the new parliament to protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to address it after a court annulled his election win.

They say that parliament should not have been convened until after the election re-run slated for 17 October.

The Parliamentarians instead joined opposition leader Raila Odinga for a campaign rally in the capital, Nairobi.

He said he still had the power to convene parliament.

Kenyatta was declared winner of the 8 August poll, garnering 54% of the vote against Odinga’s 44%.

Kenyatta had dared opposition MPs to skip the opening of parliament saying that his Jubilee Party had enough MPs to carry on with parliament’s activities. Only one MP from the opposition was present, according to Kenya’s privately-owned Star newspaper.

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