General elections in Kenya, 8 August 2017

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Series Details August-September 2017
Publication Date 08/08/2017
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Background and further information:

General elections were held on 8 August 2017 to elect a President, members of the Parliament and local authorities, accordingly to the country's Constitution.

The incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was initially declared the winner of the presidential election with over 54% of the votes against 45% of his competitor, Raila Odinga. However, Kenya's Supreme Court nullified the results on 1 September due to irregularities in the election process. It also requested a new poll to be held within 60 days.

This feature offers information on the general elections held in Kenya in August 2017, as well as the reactions from the the international community and the elections' aftermath.

Following a court ruling, the results for the presidential election were nullified and a date for a new poll was set for October 2017.

Related Link(s)
EUObserver, 06.09.17: [Opinion] EU election observers play vital role
Reuters, 13.08.17: Kenya opposition leader defies pressure to concede defeat
Deutsche Welle, 12.08.17: Uhuru Kenyatta's path to power
Deutsche Welle, 05.09.17: Kenya's Odinga rejects election repeat 'without guarantees'
The Guardian, 04.09.17: [Opinion] Kenya’s supreme court has stood tall instead of ducking. It gives us hope
France24, 04.09.17: Tensions rise in Kenya as opposition rules out power share
The New York Times, 02.09.17: Kenyans Celebrate Court’s Ruling to Nullify Election
France24, 02.09.17: After ‘bombshell’ ruling, Kenya faces uncertain future
BBC News, 01.09.17: Kenya election: Kenyatta blasts court after vote annulled
Wikipedia: Kenyan general election, 2017,_2017
EU: EEAS: Statement by Federica Mogherini on the Presidential elections in Kenya [5 September 2017]
EU: EEAS: Statement by Federica Mogherini on the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as President of Kenya [12 August 2017]
EU: EEAS: Statement by the HR/VP following the general elections in Kenya [11 August 2017]
Chatham House: Expert Comment, 03.11.17: Kenya Election Fallout Makes Institutional Challenges Impossible to Ignore
EU: EEAS: Kenya and the EU
BBC News: Topic: Kenya general election 2017
Standard Digital: Tag: Elections 2017

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