A statement from the EU offices in Nairobi said the European bloc has decided to deploy an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Kenya to observe the general
elections scheduled for Aug. 8 in response to an invitation by the Kenyan
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission said the EU and
Kenya are long standing partners, with 2017 marking 40 years of their
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supporting good governance," Mogherini said.
She said this year's general elections are foreseen to be very competitive, noting that the EU is committed to giving an important contribution to the
electoral process through the Electoral Observation Mission led by Chief
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historic college town in the U.S. state of Virginia, as a racially-divided U.S.
society was once again put under spotlight.
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and dozens injured.
The chaotic weekend started Friday night with a torch-bearing march attended by local white nationalists who were outraged by the city's decision to remove
symbols of its Confederate past. They chanted "White lives matter" and some Nazi
slogans as they marched through the University of Virginia.
They planned a larger "Unite the Right" rally at noon time on Saturday, expected by organizers and critics to be one of the largest gatherings of white
nationalists in recent times.
Hundreds of white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country gathered early in the morning in McIntire Park, outside downtown. They
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said he was coming to the city to "stand against white supremacy."
Both sides later started marching toward Emancipation Park where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is placed. The Charlottesville general
commanded forces of pro-slavery Confederacy in the U.S. Civil War.
White nationalists claimed that they took to the street because they were offended by the removal of the Confederate statue, but opponents argued that the
"alt-right" rally had nothing to do with the statue.
Jordan said those white supremacists "just want to spew out hatred and ignorance."
The rival protests descended into a turmoil after demonstrators from both sides gathered in and around the park shortly before 11:00 a.m. local time (1500
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The National Guard joined the state police to clear the area after the white nationalist gathering was declared an unlawful assembly. Some white nationalists
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