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Kenya's opposition MP's boycott parliament to protest Uhuru

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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.

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.

Kenyatta was declared winner of the 8 August poll, garnering 54% of the vote against Odinga's 44%.

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Kenyatta had dared opposition MPs to skip the opening of parliament saying that his Jubilee Party had enough MPs to carry on with parliament's activities.

Only one MP from the opposition was present, according to Kenya's privately-owned Star newspaper. 

Meanwhile, Odinga repeated his threat to boycott the election re-run unless some officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which is in charge of elections, are fired.

He accuses them of deliberately interfering with the electoral systems to favour Kenyatta.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati told a press briefing on Tuesday that the commission was reviewing its structures to ensure that it is ready for the re-run election.

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