Kenyan opposition MPs boycott Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech

Opposition MPs in Kenya have boycotted the opening of the new parliament to protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to address it after a court annulled his election win.

They say that parliament should not have been convened until after the election re-run slated for 17 October.

The MPs instead joined opposition leader Raila Odinga for a campaign rally in the capital, Nairobi.

Mr. Kenyatta said he still had the power to convene parliament. “The set term of a president is embedded until a new one is sworn in as per the constitution,” he told lawmakers.

“I want to assure every Kenyan and the world that every arm of government is in place and operational,” he added.