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Three shot dead as Nasa protests turn ugly

Three shot dead as Nasa protests turn ugly

However the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition vowed to push on with a planned protest Friday, and stage rallies every day next week.

The election laws changes were ordered by the Supreme Court, which identified a lacuna it said needed to be filled, when it annulled the August 8 elections citing irregularities. "Up to now we have received about 23 (injured)".

"One of them has a large injury on the head and another on the chest". A separate healthworker at the same hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, said eight people had been admitted "with gunshot wounds". However, the crowd later dispersed peacefully after speeches from opposition leaders, helped along by the first heavy rainfall of the season. In Nairobi riot police were deployed ahead of expected protests.

The Supreme Court annulled that vote, citing irregularities, and called for a new one. The decision was hailed across the globe and held up as an opportunity to deepen Kenyan democracy, however the process quickly turned sour, with increasingly ugly rhetoric including attacks by Kenyatta on the judiciary.

While the IEBC has made some concessions to the opposition, it says these demands are impossible to meet in the constitutionally-mandated period.

However the IEBC appears to be pushing forward with plans for an October 26 vote, saying only that Odinga had yet to submit the required form to officially pull out of the race.

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Odinga told Reuters that he might consider returning to the Supreme Court for clarification on whether the October 26 poll was legal.

Odinga's withdrawal this week has thrown the country into political turmoil.

Earlier on Friday, police used teargas to disperse demonstrations in Kenya's three main cities, and shot dead two protesters in the southwestern country of Siaya, a local official said.

Odinga withdrew from the race Tuesday, saying the electoral commission had not fixed problems with the voting process and that new laws introduced in parliament strongly favored the ruling party. Human rights groups protested, with some pointing out that police have killed at least 37 people in demonstrations since the results of the August election were announced.

Odinga said the only relevant law now was the Supreme Court decision of 2013 stating that if a presidential election were nullified, the election commission would hold a ballot in which the president-elect and the petitioner were the only candidates. However the country still has grim memories of the perils of post-election violence, with a disputed 2007 poll sparking politically-motivated tribal clashes that left some 1,100 dead.