>> A date has been set for a new election in Kenya. The country's election commission on Monday, naming October 17th as the date for the new vote. Ordered by the Supreme Court when it annulled an August poll won by encumbered President, Uhuru Kenyatta. The court on Friday, voided the victory, saying the election commission had not followed proper procedures, and ordered it to hold a new vote within 60 days.
The October election will feature Kenyatta running for a second term, and opposition leader Raila Odinga. The government's refused to replace the election board ahead of the election, setting off a potential showdown between the government and the opposition. Odinga, who lost the two previous elections, had called for senior officials at the election board to resign and face possible prosecution.
Instead, spokesperson for President Kenyatta and the election board rejected a change to the entire board. Kenyatta won the August 8th vote by 1.4 million votes. The decision to redo the election shocked some in Kenya, but was seen by many as a step forward for democracy in the country because it appeared to set an example of judicial independence.