AU rejects Odinga as 'People's president of Kenya'

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has rejected the "swearing-in" of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga as the "People's President" of the East African country.

The Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mahamat, said the continental body has rejected all actions that undermine constitutional order and the rule of law in Kenya, noting with concern the organization by the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) of a ceremony during which Mr. Odinga swore himself in as as the “People’s President".

The AU media channel on Friday quoted Mahamat as urging all concerned to desist from any such actions, which also put the political stability of Kenya at risk.

He urged all stakeholders to act in strict compliance with the Constitution of Kenya and other relevant texts.

The statement by the AU said Mahamat "is closely following the evolution of the political situation in Kenya".

It added that the Chairperson of the Commission recalls that an African Union Election Observer Mission, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki observed the rerun election whose results were validated by the Kenyan Constitutional Court.

"Against this backdrop, and in line with its relevant instruments, notably the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the African Union rejects all actions that undermine constitutional order and the rule of law," Mahamat stressed.

He called on Kenyans to earnestly continue on the path of the rule of law and consolidation of their democratic institutions, and to eschew any acts that could undermine the stability of their country and its socio-economic development.

He expressed the readiness of the African Union to assist in any way deemed appropriate in defusing the current tension on the basis of the fundamental principle of the respect of constitutional order and the rule of law.
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02 february 2018 06:08:56

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