Kenyatta calls for end to protests

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for the extraordinary session of the African Union's Assembly of Heads of State and Government on the case of African Relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC), in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, October 12, 2013. Africa has agreed that sitting heads of state should not be tried by the ICC where Kenya's leaders are in the dock, ministers said before African leaders opened a summit on Saturday.  REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS)

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has called on the opposition to stop its protests to demand that the electoral commission be dissolved and that a new one be formed ahead of general elections next year.

Mr Kenyatta said the opposition should “follow the law” if it wanted the current commission to be scrapped, a government statement posted on Facebook quotes him as saying.

He added:

We cannot agree to do that which is against the law and our Constitution just to please a few individuals.”
Rights groups accused Kenya’s security forces of using “gruesome violence” on Monday to put down an opposition protest in the capital, Nairobi.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is expected to run against Mr Kenyatta in the elections, told the BBC earlier that there would be no elections unless their demands over the electoral commission were me

 

Source: BBC

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