Kenya Opposition Leader Just Swore Himself In As 'People's President'

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga lost to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in a controversial presidential election rerun in October.
Posted at 5:10 PM, Jan 30, 2018

Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga swore himself in Tuesday as the so-called "people's president."

The unofficial position marked by the mock inauguration is a protest of the official leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The government voided the initial election in August after Odinga and his followers argued the results were tampered with. It OK'd a controversial do-over election in October, and Kenyatta won again.

Odinga's recent mock event was peaceful. But the government still cut all three of the largest TV stations' transmissions and tried to bring criminal charges against the people who were there.

Then, Kenya's Interior Ministry secretary labeled Odinga's coalition, the National Resistance Movement, a criminal organization.

 Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.