Kenya’s Ruto rejects tax bill, sends back to parliament: reports

Kenya’s President William Ruto declined to sign a contentious finance bill on Wednesday, returning it to parliament for amendments, according to reports from Kenya’s Star newspaper and KTN News.

On Tuesday, police fired on crowds surrounding parliament, who later stormed the buildings shortly after lawmakers approved tax hikes aimed at raising an additional $2.7 billion.

In response to the deadly clashes that left at least 23 people dead and many injured, Kenyan protesters vowed on Wednesday to continue their demonstrations against the new tax hikes.

The Star newspaper reported that sources within Ruto’s office indicated the President has proposed several amendments for parliament to consider.

Facing the most serious crisis since taking office nearly two years ago, Ruto is scheduled to address the nation at 1300 GMT, his office announced.

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