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Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga has withdrawn his candidacy in the fresh presidential election ordered by the Supreme Court.

His party – the National Super Alliance (NASA) – had vowed not to take part in the poll re-run unless the election commission was reformed.

The original election – won by President Uhuru Kenyatta in August – was annulled by Kenya’s Supreme Court after a legal challenge by Mr Odinga.

Irregularities in the counting process led to the result being overturned, and a new election being scheduled.

Mr Odinga told a news conference: “In the interest of the people of Kenya, the region and world at large, we believe that all will be best served by (opposition grouping) NASA vacating the presidential candidature of elections slated for 26th of October, 2017.”

NASA has repeatedly called for reforms to be made to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) due to “irregularities and illegalities” in the first vote.

But Mr Odinga said that the electoral commission had “no intention” of making the necessary changes – primarily sacking the officials to blame for the irregularities – ahead of the second vote.

He went on to say: “All indications are that the election scheduled for 26 October will be worse than the previous one”.

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