Odinga Caves In, Cancels His Swearing-In As Alternative President
Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga has heeded the warning to remove the monkey’s hands from the dish before it turns to human hands.
Odinga had scheduled his swearing-in on Tuesday as alternative president of Kenya in protest of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election.
But Kenya’s Attorney General, had warned Odinga against the plan saying it amounted to treason.
It now appears Odinga has heard the voice of reason and declared on Sunday his party would not proceed with the swearing-in.
The announcement has now eased political tension that was building up in the country ahead of the proposed swearing-in.
This has also now opened a window for possible talks with the government of President Kenyatta.
Kenyatta was re-elected as Kenya’s president with 98% of the vote in a repeat election held on Oct. 26 which Odinga boycotted.
He had beaten Odinga in the original poll, held in August, which was nullified by the Supreme Court on procedural grounds following opposition allegations of vote-rigging and other malpractices.
Kenya’s opposition, NASA said in a statement it would postpone the swearing-in after “consultations and engagement with a wide range of national and international interlocutors”. It did not specifically name any mediators involved in the talks.
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