Election Thrown into Turmoil as Top Opposition Candidate Withdraws 

Kenya’s main opposition leader announced Tuesday that he was dropping out of a rerun of the August presidential election, casting doubts on the legitimacy of the voting process.

Kenya is a key U.S. partner on the continent and has the most dynamic economy in East Africa, but its rowdy elections are often plagued by violence, threatening the country’s stability.

Even for Kenya’s often lively politics, however, the latest developments mark a plunge into uncharted waters, with first an election outcome struck down and now a candidate walking away.

It was a legal challenge by opposition politician Raila Odinga that prompted the Supreme Court, citing irregularities, to nullify the results of the Aug. 8 election, won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

But Odinga, who leads the National Super Alliance (NASA), says not enough has been done to address the problems.

He has singled out the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for particular criticism, deeming it “rotten.”

The Washington Post