Kenya's opposition leader takes symbolic oath of office
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Raila Odinga gestures during a swearing-in ceremony as the president of the People's Assembly. The movement is a loose grouping led by Odinga and other lawmakers that tried to rally support in November for a boycott of some products whose owners it says are aligned with government interests.
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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) holds a Bible as he takes a symbolic presidential oath of office in Nairobi, Kenya January 30, 2018. Kenyan authorities suspended television and radio stations as supporters of Odinga watched him take a symbolic presidential oath in a Nairobi park in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Supporters of Raila Odinga gather during his swearing-in ceremony. During a speech lasting less than five minutes, Odinga declined to give details of his plans and said they would be disclosed in "due course." In a possible sign of division within the opposition alliance, Odinga's vice presidential candidate and two other senior leaders were absent. Odinga said the vice president would be sworn in at a later date.
A man wears a mask among fellow supporters. Many of those at the rally had come from the capital's slums. Odinga has strong support there and in the west and along the coast, areas where people have long felt ignored by central government and shut out of political patronage networks.
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Supporters of Raila Odinga gesture through a bus window ahead of his planned swearing-in ceremony. Odinga's supporters say he is Kenya's legitimate leader and Kenyatta's election was neither free nor fair. Kenyatta's victory in August was annulled by the Supreme Court over irregularities but he then won a re-run, which Odinga boycotted over a failure to revamp the electoral commission. Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term in November and state institutions report to him.