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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, speaks with Deputy President William Ruto at a ceremony marking the opening of a railway, Mombasa, Kenya, May 30, 2017 (AP photo by Khalil Senosi).

Defying Observers, Kenya Court Says August Election Was Too Flawed to Stand

Friday, Sept. 1, 2017

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Associate Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent.

Among the observers endorsing Kenya’s election last month were representatives of the European Union, the African Union and the Carter Center, whose delegation was led by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Kenya’s Supreme Court, however, has disagreed with their assessment. On Friday, it nullified the results giving incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta a second term and ordered that a new vote take place within 60 days—a ruling that was being described as a first for Africa. ...

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