Odinga 'ready to jump in' vote if Kenya reforms

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Raila Odinga (File: AFP)
Raila Odinga (File: AFP)

Nairobi - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga tells The Associated Press he is "ready to jump in the field" if the government and electoral commission accept his demands for reforms ahead of new presidential elections on October 26.

Odinga's legal challenge led the Supreme Court to annul President Uhuru Kenyatta's August re-election over irregularities, but this week he said he has withdrawn from the new vote. He says that without reforms the new vote faces the same problems.

In an AP interview in London, Odinga says it is up to the government and electoral commission. "If they're ready to do business and deal, we are ready to jump in the field."

Odinga also says the government is acting illegally by deploying police to stop opposition supporters from demonstrating in the central business districts of Kenya's three largest cities. 

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