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Kenyan polls close as clashes leave one dead Kenyan election rerun proceeds despite unrest
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  Police fired tear gas at opposition protesters
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Polls closed in the disputed rerun of Kenya's presidential election that <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-election/shooting-tear-gas-bonfires-mar-kenya-election-re-run-idUSKBN1CV003">went ahead </a>despite violence leaving one protester dead and other injured.  A rerun of Kenya's presidential election is <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-election/shooting-tear-gas-bonfires-mar-kenya-election-re-run-idUSKBN1CV003">proceeding </a>today despite violence between police and protesters and calls for a boycott from the main opposition party.
[caption id="attachment_12280" align="aligncenter" width="926"]<img class=" wp-image-12280" src="https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/wikitribune-uploads-master/2017/10/2017-10-26T063711Z_1599683963_RC18EA3B5B30_RTRMADP_3_KENYA-ELECTION-620x413.jpg" alt="" width="926" height="617" /> People queue to cast their votes at a polling station during a presidential election re-run in Gatundu, Kenya October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola[/caption]  
Reuters reported that police fired tear gas and water cannons at opposition supporters who set up barricades to block access to polling stations. The news agency said that at least one person was <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL8N1N14VJ">killed and several others injured </a>after police fired at protesters in the western city of Kisumu, a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.  
Odinga, who withdrew from standing in the second vote because he claimed it would not be free and fair, called on Kenyans to boycott the vote.  
The majority of the violence has been in Odinga strongholds in the West of the country. Four Western counties, out of Kenya's 47, had to stop voting early. The electoral commission said that the polls there will reopen on Saturday, October 28.  
Odinga today <a href="https://twitter.com/RailaOdinga/status/923386092505718784">tweeted </a>that his party is "transforming ... into a resistance movement."  
Amnesty International said in a statement that security forces have been heavily deployed in opposition strongholds and have urged the police to exercise restraint. Police fired tear gas and water cannons at opposition supporters, who set up burning barricades to block access to polling stations, according to Reuters.
  Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who withdrew from standing in the second vote because he claimed it would not be free and fair, today <a href="https://twitter.com/RailaOdinga/status/923386092505718784">tweeted </a>that his party is "transforming ... into a resistance movement."
The second vote was ordered after Kenya's Supreme Court last month <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kenya-election/kenyan-court-scraps-presidential-vote-kenyatta-calls-for-calm-idUKKCN1BC4A3">nullified </a>the result of presidential elections. The initial vote, on August 8, was announced in favor of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. However, the court found that the electoral commission had erred in announcing the result before the count had been verified. The second vote was ordered after Kenya's Supreme Court last month <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kenya-election/kenyan-court-scraps-presidential-vote-kenyatta-calls-for-calm-idUKKCN1BC4A3">nullified </a>the result of presidential elections. The initial vote, on August 8, was announced in favor of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. However, the court found that the electoral commission had erred in announcing the result before the count had been verified.
The recent unrest has stoked fears of a repeat of the violence that followed Kenya's 2007 election and claimed an <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8597211.stm">estimated </a>1,300 lives. The recent unrest has stoked fears of a repeat of the violence that followed Kenya's 2007 election and claimed an <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8597211.stm">estimated </a>1,300 lives.
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   <li>A man has <a href="http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFL8N1N14VJ">been killed and several other injured </a>after police fired at protesters in Kisumu in Western Kenya, a Raila Odinga stronghold.</li>
   <li>Voting has proceeded peacefully in some areas, including in parts of the capital, Nairobi, <a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/kenyans-vote-presidential-election-rerun-171025183928625.html">according to <em>Al Jazeera</em></a>.</li>
   <li>Amnesty International said in a statement that security forces have been heavily deployed in opposition strongholds and have urged the police to exercise restraint.</li>
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