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Date:06 Jul 2017
#KenyaElections: Kenyatta, Odinga Pull out of Presidential debates

The two leading presidential candidates President Uhuru Kenyatta and his main rival Raila Odinga have pulled out of two televised presidential debates ahead of August 8 elections.  

Officials of the respective parties claim they have pulled out their candidates from the debates claiming the organisers have changed the format for the debate, which was initially planned to pit the two leading candidates against each other while the other six candidates from smaller political parties will hold separate debate.

"President Uhuru Kenyatta will not participate in the presidential debates," David Murathe, vice chairman of the ruling Jubilee Party said on Wednesday, citing insufficient consultation and format issues.

Kenyans go to the polls next month in national elections choosing from 14,500 candidates contesting in a series of races for president, governor, parliament and county assembly seats.

Kenya held its first ever televised presidential debate in 2013, including both Kenyatta and Odinga. Afterwards, Kenyatta complained that he had been unfairly targeted by moderators.

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