The main opposition alliance of Kenya postponed indefinitely plans to swear in its leader as president of the so-called People's Assembly, after the government warned that such a step would amount to treason.
A ceremony to be held in the port city of Mombasa, on December 12, was canceled after "extensive internal consultations and commitment with a wide range of national and international interlocutors," said the National Super League in a statement sent by email on Sunday. Last week, the US Department of State UU He urged the opposition to suspend the event.
"We are going to announce the new dates of both the oath ceremony and the launching of the Popular Assembly, as well as a more vigorous and prolonged resistance in the coming days," the alliance said.
Nasa, as the opposition coalition is known, convened the Popular Assembly in October, after rejecting the repetition of that month's presidential re-election, won by incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta. Alliance leader Raila Odinga, who refused to participate in the vote, rejected the result as a farce because the electoral authority did not implement the reforms required by its alliance to guarantee a fair vote.
Kenya's Attorney General Githu Muigai warned on December 7 that any attempt to form a People's Assembly would constitute treason, a crime that carries the death penalty. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto met with Odinga last week to urge him to avoid "extra-constitutional actions" such as the planned inauguration ceremony, according to a statement from the US Embbady in Nairobi.
The Popular Assembly The main objective was to push new elections next year, NASA said last week. If not, the opposition said it would consider supporting the secession of parts of the country.
"We remain completely on track in the search for electoral justice," the alliance said on Sunday. "Our resistance to the dictatorship is determined and irreversible, we remind the fraternity of NASA that we maintain our civic and economic resistance, there are only two options: democracy or self-determination"