Kenya parliament voted for uhuru is a winer if odinga withdraw

Kenyan opposition leader and the presidential candidate of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition Raila Odinga, walks next to Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati before their meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, October 3, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

NAIROBI, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The Kenyan parliament passed an amendment on Wednesday to the country’s election laws, saying that if one candidate withdraws from a repeat presidential election, the other one would automatically win. The amendment was heavily criticised by the opposition, whose legislators boycotted the vote. Opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from a repeat presidential vote scheduled for Oct. 26 on Tuesday, citing concerns over fairness and transparency. The law must now be signed by the president. (reporting by Humphrey Malalo; writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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