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breaking News: UN rejects halt to Kenya ICC trial

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The UN Security Council has rejected an attempt to suspend the trials of Kenya’s president and vice-president at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

A resolution had been proposed by African states to suspend the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for a year.

Eight of the 15 council members abstained and the motion did not pass.

Both men face charges over violence following the disputed 2007 election, which left some 1,200 people dead.

Nine votes in favour are needed for a resolution to be successful at the Security Council.

While Mr Ruto went on trial in September, President Kenyatta has repeatedly requested his trial be postponed.

Pressure from African states to postpone the trial had grown after September’s attack on the Westgate shopping mall in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

-BBC

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