Brussels: The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, supported the decision of the Supreme Court of Kenya to cancel the results of the presidential election on August 8 and the re-election on October 17.
"The decision of the Supreme Court of Kenya to hold repeated presidential elections is a strong demonstration of the independence of the Kenyan judicial system and democracy. The appeal procedure corresponds to the democratic process envisaged in the constitution of Kenya, "she said.
Mogherini said that the EU election observation mission will remain in Kenya until the end of the electoral process.
"The EU continues to support Kenya. The EU Election Observation Mission will remain in the country until the completion of the electoral process. Kenya is a key partner of the European Union in the region, and we are determined to strengthen our relations after the elections, "the EU High Representative noted.
Earlier it was reported that the repeated presidential elections in Kenya are scheduled for October 17.
The Kenyan court overturned the results of the recent presidential elections. President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta reacted to the court's decision to cancel the results of the presidential election and said that he disagrees with this, but respects this decision.
On Friday, August 11, Kenya announced the results of presidential elections.
Uhuru Kenyatta was elected new president of Kenya, William Ruto became vice president of the country.
Presidential elections in Kenya were held on August 8 this year. Opposition candidate and ex-Prime Minister of the country Raila Odinga scored 44% of the vote, losing to the incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta.
On the streets of Kenyan cities, demonstrations continue against the results of the presidential election, as a result of which 11 people died during the protests. The Kenyan police have taken measures to strengthen security measures ahead of the expected announcement of Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election as president of the country. Odinga announced the falsification of election results through the intervention of hackers.
According to experts, demonstrations in Kenya can lead to armed confrontation. But in order to avoid bloodshed in the country, the newly elected president can initiate the creation of a coalition government by uniting with his main competitor in the elections, Rail Odinga. Subsequently, opposition candidate Odinga filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on the results of recent elections.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Federica Mogherini, said that the European Union expects all parties to hold elections in Kenya, as well as investigations into abuse of power.
Uhuru Kenyatta is the fourth president of Kenya. He has held this position since 2013. In 2002 Kenyatta already ran for presidency, however he lost. The International Criminal Court accused Kenyatta of crimes against humanity, claiming that it launched a campaign of violence in the country after losing the election, but subsequently the charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.