Protests banned in Kenya after opposition leader pulls out of presidential election

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In an exclusive interview with Citizen TV, the opposition leader, who is now in London, United Kingdom, maintained that he will not participate in the repeat presidential race. In Nairobi riot police were deployed ahead of expected protests. Honorable Raila Odinga and his running mate sent a letter dated 10 October 2017 indicating that they had chose to withdraw from the fresh Presidential election.

The country's Supreme Court annulled the results of an August 8 election - won by President Uhuru Kenyatta - citing irregularities in the counting process and mismanagement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

"One of them has a large injury on the head and another on the chest". However, the crowd later dispersed peacefully after speeches from opposition leaders, helped along by the first heavy rainfall of the season. But longtime rival Odinga says his withdrawal legally forces election officials to begin the entire process from scratch - a move that leaves more time for his reform demands to be met.

However the IEBC appears to be pushing forward with plans for an October 26 vote, saying only that Odinga had yet to submit the required form to officially pull out of the race.

On Thursday, the government banned demonstrations in the central business districts of the capital Nairobi, the coastal city of Mombasa and the western city of Kisumu.

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Police have been mobilised in major cities across the country to keep away those who plan to protest in solidarity with the National Super Alliance after their leaders vowed to defy an order barring them from holding demonstrations in the main city centres.

The incident occurred in the town of Bondo where a large crowd had gathered in front of the police station, who quickly scattered when live rounds were fired.

In 2007 a disputed presidential election between Odinga and incumbent Mwai Kibaki led to months of violence that killed more than one thousand Kenyans.

Violence in the days after this year's election left 37 dead, according to a local human rights group which said these were mostly at the hands of police. Doctor Juliana Otieno at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital - named for Odinga's father - said three patients had been admitted with gunshot wounds.

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