Kenya’s Supreme Court said Wednesday that lapses by the country’s electoral commission had compelled the justices to annul the results of last month’s presidential election, in which incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner.

The court has earned worldwide praise for its landmark decision to void the results, hailed as the first of its kind in Africa, even as concerns about a political crisis in Kenya grow.

The justices said they have faced a barrage of threats since issuing their ruling earlier this month, and they appeared eager Wednesday to substantiate that initial ruling, as thousands of Kenyans watched the marathon court session live on television.


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