Political Unrest
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Date set for election redo in Kenya

by Mickey McLean
Posted 9/04/17, 12:33 pm

Kenya’s electoral commission announced Monday that a redo of the presidential election will take place on Oct. 17. The country’s Supreme Court last week nullified the results of the Aug. 8 election won by President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying the commission committed irregularities in counting the votes. Kenyatta criticized the court’s decision, calling the judges “crooks,” but said he would win again in the second election. Opposition leader Raila Odinga called for the electoral commission to be dissolved.

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Nearly 400 dead in Burma clashes

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/01/17, 10:49 am

The Myanmar army said nearly 400 people have died in recent clashes between security forces and militants from the Rohingya minority group. In a statement, Myanmar’s military commander, Min Aung Hlaing, said the army engaged in 90 armed clashes with the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army in northwest Rakhine state, killing 399 people. All but 29 of those killed were the militants, Hlaing said. The United Nations said nearly 38,000 people have fled their homes in Myanmar, also known as Burma, since the conflict began on Aug. 25.

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Kenyan Supreme Court nullifies disputed presidential election

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/01/17, 08:17 am

Kenya’s Supreme Court, in an historic decision Friday, nullified incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential election win and ordered a new election within 60 days. The six-judge bench ruled 4-2 in favor of a petition filed by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who argued elections held in August were hacked to favor Kenyatta. The incumbent won a second term in that election with 54 percent of the vote.

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