Kenya opposition calls for 'people's assembly'

2017-11-28 21:32
Raila Odinga (File: AP)

Raila Odinga (File: AP)

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Nairobi - The Latest on the inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (all times local):


Kenya's opposition is calling for a "people's assembly" next month amid its claims that the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta is illegitimate.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga is calling for the December 12 assembly and his supporters say the gathering will elect a leader to run the country until new elections can be held. The day is Kenya's Independence Day.

The calls come on the day that Kenyatta was sworn in and urged an end to hatred and divisions. During and after the ceremony, police fired rifles and tear gas to break up an opposition gathering to mourn the dozens of people killed in the months of election unrest.


Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga has been shoved into his vehicle as police fire rifles and tear gas to break up an opposition demonstration on the day of President Uhuru Kenyatta's swearing-in.

Opposition leaders were addressing supporters after being prevented from holding a memorial service for dozens of people killed during months of election turmoil.

Odinga had just finished speaking to thousands of supporters atop an SUV when police started firing.

Odinga says Kenyatta's presidency is illegitimate and he told supporters not to despair as he pushes for fresh elections. He calls Kenyatta a dictator. His legal challenge led the Supreme Court to nullify the August vote and he boycotted last month's new election while saying reforms had not been made

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