Police tear-gas Kenyan vote protesters as crowds gather in cities
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Police tear-gas Kenyan vote protesters as crowds gather in cities

Police fired tear gas on Friday at opposition protesters in Kenya’s capital who were demanding that officials involved in August’s canceled presidential election be sacked.

Crowds had gathered in Nairobi, the port of Mombasa and Kisumu, the western stronghold of the opposition, for the second time this week.

Last month, Kenya’s Supreme Court voided the Aug. 8 presidential election, citing irregularities, but did not criticize any specific individual at the election board.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who officially won by 1.4 million votes, only to have his victory annulled, has accused the Supreme Court of bringing the country close to “judicial chaos."

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters have turned their ire on the election board for its role in the canceled poll.

With three weeks to go until a scheduled new election, politicians from both sides have traded insults and accusations, raising fears of further turmoil in Kenya, a transport and economic hub for East Africa.


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