President Uhuru Kenyatta accepts court ruling ready to seek votes
00:45, Sep 2, 2017
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Kenya's Supreme Court has declared President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win invalid due to irregularities committed by the election board and has ordered a new election within 60 days.
And the justices ordered a fresh vote be held within 60 days.
He said the trend should spread like "wild harmattan fire across Africa". "Kenya is a very, very important country for the continent".
Gichugu MP Githinji Gichimu said he never expected the court to make such a judgement.
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People will be watching for the reaction of former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was the head of the mission for US NGO, the Carter Centre, whose positive assessment of the election was used in court.
In court, Odinga's lawyers said the irregularities affected five million votes.
Supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga celebrate in Mathare slum after Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's election win was declared invalid by a court.
The court did not place any blame on Kenyatta or his party. Six Supreme Court judges backed the ruling.
After the decision's announcement, Odinga said it was a "very historic day for the people of Kenya".
Mutiga added however that "restraint will be hard in this very polarised environment" - which was also stark before, during and after the August vote due to deep ethnic, economic and political divisions in Kenya. But Odinga asked that the court throw out the results, claiming the election had been tampered with.
The announcement drew cheers from opposition supporters both inside and outside the courtroom.
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