NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – The United States urges Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga to suspend the "opening ceremony" next week with the intention of protesting against the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
A statement from the US embassy. UU .12 "extra-constitutional" ceremony and urges the opposition to work within the laws of Kenya to carry out electoral and other reforms.
The statement comes as the top US official for African affairs, Donald Yamamoto, visits the East African economic center after he faced months of political turmoil, including a repeat of the presidential election. He met with the government and opposition leaders.
The opposition describes as "legal" its planned Odinga swearing and blames the so-called "stolen" elections for polarizing the country.
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The US statement also urges Kenyan security forces to show "maximum restraint" after months of deadly clashes with opposition supporters.