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Kenya Supreme Court upholds re-election of President Kenyatta

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Kenya [official website] on Monday upheld [text, PDF] last month's re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta [official profile].

All six judges unanimously dismissed the two petitions as lacking merit.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) [official website] stated [Facebook post] in response to the ruling:

We in NASA had repeatedly declared before this Supreme Court ruling today that we consider this government to be illegitimate and do not recognize it. This position has not been changed by the Court ruling, which did not come as a surprise. It was a decision taken under duress. We do not condemn the Court, we sympathize with it.
Last week the court rejected [JURIST report] the participation of the main opposition coalition, NASA, in petitions challenging last month's results. One petition was filed by former Kenya lawmaker Harun Mwau, challenging the presidential election was not free and fair, and the other was filed [JURIST reports] by human rights activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa. Kenyatta rejected [JURIST report] the claims, stating they lacked merit as the election was credible, free and fair.

A full judgment will be issued within 21 days and Kenyatta is to be sworn in on November 28.

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