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Uncertainty after Odinga Withdraws from Kenyan Election Re-Run

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On Tuesday, Kenyan opposition candidate Raila Odinga announced he was dropping out of the re-run presidential election against incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. In September, after Odinga petitioned the results of the initial August election to the Supreme Court, the election was annulled due to electoral irregularities. A fresh election was scheduled for October 26, but after […]

Kenyan Supreme Court Calls for Election Redo

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On Friday, the Kenyan Supreme Court annulled the results of last month’s presidential election, ordering that a new election be conducted within 60 days. After President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the election, opposition candidate Raila Odinga petitioned the results before the court, claiming the election was fraudulent (Reuters 1). In an unprecedented […]

Somali Refugees in Kenya Blocked from United States

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Over 200 Somali refugees intended for resettlement in the United States have been unable to travel due to the U.S. travel ban. The United Nations stated approximately 13,000 Somali refugees have been approved by the United States Citizen and Immigration Services, but their resettlement has been halted due to the travel ban. Kenya has hosted […]

Kenyan Police Forcibly Disappears 34 Terrorism Suspects

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On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Kenyan security forces of forcibly abducting and killing terrorism suspects without granting them fair trial (NYT). HRW stated that the Kenyan military carried out the “enforced disappearance” of at least 34 people over the past two years as part of counterterrorism efforts against the jihadist group al-Shabab (Al […]

UN Condemns Terrorist Attack in Kenya

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On Saturday, the UN Security Council strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Somalia’s Al Qaeda-linked Shabaab rebels and resulted in the deaths of 67 (BBC) people and left another 150 wounded (Hindustan Times). UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon said that “this premeditated […]