Kenyan police use teargas to disperse opposition protesters in 3 cities

According to reports, police in Kenya fired teargas at angry opposition supporters who are unhappy at a new election law which says if one candidate withdraws, the other automatically wins the presidency- meaning a walk over victory for Kenyatta, in the re-run of the election later this month.

Odinga opted out of the repeat presidential polls, citing failure by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to meet opposition's demands for institutional reforms and personnel changes. Cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi announced the decision in a press conference.

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.

Judges at the Supreme Court directed IEBC to conduct fresh presidential elections before expiry of a 60-day period. The interior minister said demonstrators had damaged and looted property.

President Kenyatta has voiced public support for new election reforms but has also said the election would go ahead, with or without Odinga.

Uniformed police kept vigil as protesters marched along major streets in Nairobi waving placards and twigs demanding the sacking of officials accused of bungling the August 8 polls.

Since the initial presidential election, protests have been taking place throughout the county on a almost daily basis, leaving 37 people dead.

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