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Kenyas Parliament on the verge of quitting the ICC

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Kenyanm President, Uhuru Kenyatta
Kenyanm President, Uhuru Kenyatta


Kenya’s Parliament has approved a motion to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC) following an emergency debate.

The ICC has charged President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President, William Ruto, with crimes against humanity, which they both deny.

Mr. Ruto’s case is due to start next week.
The ICC said: “The case will continue, even if Kenya pulls out.”

The charges against both Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto stemmed from violence that broke out after disputed elections in 2007.

Amnesty International is calling on each and every parliamentarian to stand against impunity and reject the proposal.

They were on opposite sides during the 2007 elections, but formed an alliance for elections in March 2013.

Analysts say: “The ICC Prosecutions reinforced their campaign as they portrayed it as foreign interference in Kenya’s domestic affairs.”

Kenya’s Parliament is dominated by the pair’s “Jubilee Coalition.”

The motion, tabled by majority leader, Adan Duale, said: “Mr. Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto were lawfully elected and the government should take steps to immediately withdraw from the ICC.”

 


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