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Kenyan election head: No guarantee vote will be free and fair

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The head of Kenya's election commission said on Wednesday he could not guarantee next week's presidential election will be free and fair, citing interference from politicians and threats of violence against his colleagues. Wafula Chebukati's statement came hours after another commission member resigned and left the country, saying she and her staff had been repeatedly threatened. "Ironically, the very people, political leaders, who are supposed to build the nation have become the greatest threat to the peace and stability of the nation," Chebukati told journalists.


Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Americans will 'be begging for four more years of President Trump'

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that she expects America is going to be “begging” for a second Donald Trump term in about three years. Ms Sanders, during an appearance with Hugh Hewitt, said that the first nine months of Mr Trump’s presidency have been “incredibly successful”, and that she has confidence that her boss will be able to win reelection easily. “I think the next three and a half, or two and a half, three years are going to be equally as successful,” Ms Sanders said.


Kremlin bid by Russia 'It Girl' Ksenia Sobchak turns vote into a 'show': Media

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October 19, 2017 5:56 PM
MOSCOW (AFP) - The entry of Russian socialite and TV host Ksenia Sobchak into next year's presidential election is aimed at rekindling public interest in a dull ballot widely expected to extend Vladimir Putin's rule, media said Thursday (Oct 19).


Skechers Women's Shoes at JCPenney for $30 + free shipping

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Ending today, JCPenney offers a selection of Skechers women's shoes for $39.99. Coupon code "4YOUSAVE" cuts that to $29.99. Plus, these orders bag free shipping. (This usually adds $8.95 on orders under orders $99. Alternatively, in-store pickup is also available for many of these styles.) A couple of best bets:
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Kenyan election official quits, saying re-run election will not be 'credible' 

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Kenya’s top election official threw next week’s rerun of the country’s presidential election into doubt on Wednesday, saying that political intimidation and interference meant he could no longer guarantee the credibility of the vote. Hours after one of his colleagues resigned and fled the country saying she feared for her life, Wafula Chebukati, chairman of the electoral commission, also threatened to quit, deepening a political crisis that risks upending one of Africa’s most stable states. Next Thursday’s election marks Kenya’s second attempt in three months to choose a leader after the supreme court overturned President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in August, citing “irregularities and illegalities” in the transmission of results. But the ruling, unprecedented in Africa, has worsened rather than resolved Kenya’s political impasse. Mr Kenyatta’s challenger, Raila Odinga, withdrew from the rerun earlier this month after electoral officials he accused of rigging the first vote refused to resign. Mr Chebukati accused both the government and the opposition of resorting to tactics that, he said, threatened to pitch Kenya into a “worse situation” than the violent aftermath of an election in 2007 that claimed more than 1,300 lives. Kenya's opposition party leader, Raila Odinga, speaking at Chatham House in London on October 13 Credit:  REUTERS But Mr Odinga was swift to claim vindication after the chairman said his efforts to ensure a transparent election had been blocked by four commissioners who have been accused of acting at the behest of the president’s ruling party. “I’ve made several attempts to make critical changes but all my motions have been defeated by a majority of the commissioners,” Mr Chebukati said. “Under such conditions it is difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election.” “I would rather go out with my name intact and my head lifted high than be part of a process where personal interests dwarf the interests of the nation.” Mr Chebukati indicated he would carry out his threat to quit unless electoral staff accused of bungling August’s election stepped down, his fellow commissioners stopped serving “partisan interests” and President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga agreed to negotiate. A police officer prepares to fire a tear gas to disperse supporters of Raila Odinga in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, 16 October 2017 Credit:  EPA He also demanded an end to opposition protesters chasing away electoral staff trying to prepare polling stations. Were Mr Chebukati to resign, the election — which is constitutionally required to be held by Nov 1st — risks being postponed as the chairman of the commission alone has the power to declare the result.  Mr Chebukati’s decision to air his grievances publicly came after Roselyn Akombe, one of his six fellow commissioners, resigned and fled to New York, raised similar concerns and said she feared for her safety after receiving threats. A senior electoral manager with responsibility for the electronic integrity of the vote, was murdered nine days before the August election. “The commission in its current state can surely not guarantee a credible election on 26 October 2017,” she said in a statement. “I do not want to be party to such a mockery to electoral integrity.” Kenyan opposition lawmaker Caleb Amisi Luyai leans through of his car as tear gas billows out Credit: REUTERS In recent days, both President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga appeared to have made some concessions that raised hopes for a negotiated settlement to the crisis. But Mr Odinga has shown little sign of returning to the race. On Wednesday he called for mass protests on election day as part of a strategy to prevent voting taking place in his strongholds — a move that could lead to the poll being nullified again. As many as 70 people have died in election-related violence since August, the vast majority opposition protesters killed by the security forces.

Japanese PM Risks The Wrath Of China To Win Conservative Votes

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is touting a liberal economic agenda and a cautiously tough stance toward China as his party campaigns ahead of snap elections.


Women's Clearance Footwear at Dick's from $15 + free shipping

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Dick's Sporting Goods discounts a selection of women's clearance footwear, with prices starting at $14.97. Plus, you'll knock an extra $10 off orders of $50 or more if you choose in-store pickup where available. All items alternatively qualify for free shipping. A couple of best bets, both with free shipping:
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Clarks Dress Event: Up to 36% off + free shipping

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Clarks takes up to 36% off a selection of its men's and women's sale styles during its Dress Event, with prices starting at $69.99. Plus, all orders receive free shipping. Deal ends October 20.


New competency hearing for suspect in officer's death

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A new mental competency hearing has been set for the defendant in a New Orleans police officer's 2015 death after he brought an abrupt end to jury selection by rubbing feces on his face.


Jacinda Ardern is next New Zealand PM after Winston Peters supports Labour Party government

Added: 19.10.2017 4:37 | 1 views | 0 comments

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said on Thursday he would support the Labour Party to form government after an inconclusive September 23 election, making Jacinda Ardern the country's third female prime minister.


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