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Kenya opposition boycott opening session of parliament

Supreme Court judges who normally attend the opening of the legislature also stayed away.

FILE: Kenya's opposition party Coalition for Reforms and Democracy leader Raila Odinga. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Kenya’s opposition has boycotted the opening session of Parliament after the Supreme Court cancelled the result of August’s presidential election and ordered a fresh vote.

Supreme Court judges who normally attend the opening of the legislature also stayed away.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured Kenyans and the world that every arm of government is in place and that they are operational.

He says there’s no void and there’s no lacuna.

Kenya’s election commission has set 17 October as the date for a new presidential vote between Kenyatta and the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, following the Supreme Court ruling.

Kenyatta says even though he strongly disagrees with that decision, he accepts it.

He has reminded MPs that upholding the constitution does not mean always having one’s own way.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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