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Kenyan election rerun proceeds despite unrest Police, protesters clash in Kenyan election rerun
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Police fired tear gas at opposition protesters At least one person has been killed in clashes
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<strong>This is a developing story that will be updated as events unfold. To contribute, please go to the TALK page.</strong> <strong>This is a developing story that will be updated as events unfold. To contribute, please go to the TALK page.</strong>
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. 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.
  Reuters reported that police have 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">been 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, today <a href="https://twitter.com/RailaOdinga/status/923386092505718784">tweeted </a>that his party is "transforming ... into a resistance movement."
Police fired tear gas and water cannons at opposition supporters, who set up burning barricades to block access to polling stations, according to Reuters. Amnesty International said in a statement that security forces have been heavily deployed in opposition strongholds and have urged the police to exercise restraint.
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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