Kenya's Odinga pulled out of election to avoid defeat: deputy president

Kenya's Odinga pulled out of election to avoid defeat: deputy presidentBy Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga decided not to stand in next week’s presidential election to avoid defeat rather than for reasons of principle, the deputy president said on Tuesday. Odinga was due to face President Uhuru Kenyatta on Oct. 26 in a repeat of a presidential vote held in August but he withdrew his candidacy, saying the electoral commission had failed to institute reforms to guarantee fairness. Kenyatta won the Aug. 8 election by 1.4 million votes.



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