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Kenya’s government suspends broadcasters as Odinga takes symbolic oath (Reuters)

Kenya’s government suspends broadcasters as Odinga takes symbolic oath (Reuters)

Kenyan authorities suspended television and radio stations on Tuesday as supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga watched him take a symbolic presidential oath in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Security forces made no move to stop the ceremony, which authorities had said would be illegal, but the government later declared the opposition “National Resistance Movement” a criminal group, paving the way for potential arrests.

The movement is a loose grouping led by Odinga and other lawmakers that tried to rally support in November for a boycott of some products whose owners it says are aligned with government interests.

Odinga’s supporters say he is Kenya’s legitimate leader and Kenyatta’s election was neither free nor fair. Read more

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