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Kenyan Opposition Withdraws Its Members From Parliamentary Talks

Kenya’s opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy withdrew its members from a parliamentary committee on electoral reforms saying it prefered instead talks at the “highest level.”

CORD supporters have staged protests in the capital, Nairobi, and other cities since April to demand the resignation of officials at the Independent and Electoral and Boundaries Commission over alleged corruption.

“CORD is going to withdraw the authority of its members in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and directs them to stop any further engagements in that committee,” the party said in an e-mailed statement.

The joint parliamentary committee had planned meetings around the nation later this month to receive views from the public on reforming the electoral agency ahead of elections scheduled for August 2017, the Daily Nation reported Tuesday, without citing anyone.

On Monday, the party threatened to double the frequency of protests should the government fail to agree to negotiations on electoral reform.


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