Kenyans and Pope Francis pray for peaceful election

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Kenyans on Sunday prayed for the country as it faces a period of political uncertainty days before a repeat presidential election. Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the first election, held in August and won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, over procedural irregularities.

The opposition, led by Raila Odinga, has said it will boycott the re-run set for Thursdayunless several demands are met, including the sacking of the chief executive of the electoral commission, Ezra Chiloba. Chiloba has officially taken three weeks leave and will not be involved in the election.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has said the election will go ahead and Kenyatta, has insisted the vote must be held. On Thursday, the president snubbed an invitation to meet Chebukati, saying he would instead spend the time campaigning.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis urged Catholics to pray for world peace, with a focus on Kenya, a country he visited in 2015.

Watch as Kenyans gather for national prayer ahead of presidential re-election below.



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