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Kenya election: Kenyatta sworn in for new term

Kenya election: Kenyatta sworn in for new term

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Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in for a second term as president of Kenya at a ceremony in the capital, Nairobi, boycotted by the opposition.The ceremony took place in a packed stadium with police driving back other Kenyatta supporters trying to get in without seats. Riot police were also deployed in another part of the city to stop a rally by opposition supporters.Opposition leader Raila Odinga mocked Mr Kenyatta's "coronation".Live updatesHe boycotted the re-run of the presidential poll last month and says Mr Kenyatta was not elected legitimately.Mr Kenyatta was officially re-elected with 98% of the vote on 26 October but just under 39% of voters turned out.The original election on 8 August was held over again after being annulled by the Supreme Court on grounds of irregularities.Kenya's ...
Kenyatta wins second term and calls for unity

Kenyatta wins second term and calls for unity

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Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta has won a second term, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga claims the vote was rigged.The country's election commission says Kenyatta won Tuesday's election with 54.27% of the vote, calling it "credible, fair and peaceful".Opposition leader Raila Odinga took 44.74%, said commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.Nearly 80% of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots."Having fulfilled the requirement by law... I therefore wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta... as President-elect," said Mr Chebukati.Kenyan police fired tear gas to contain protests which broke out minutes after the winner was declared.The protests erupted in Kisumu city, an opposition stronghold, and Mathare, a Nairobi slum, witnesses said.Image:Mr Odinga's opposition claims figures release...
Kenya election 2017: Kenyatta says respect the result

Kenya election 2017: Kenyatta says respect the result

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People are voting in Kenya's general election amid fears that the result could trigger communal violence.President Uhuru Kenyatta called for unity, saying he would accept the result, and urged his rivals to do the same. He said Kenyans should "move forward as one nation".Queues at polling stations formed early and some minor stampedes were reported.The contest pits Mr Kenyatta against his long-time rival, Raila Odinga, and is seen as too close to call. Mr Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya's founding president, is seeking a second and final term in office.The final week of campaigning has been marred by the murder of a top election official and claims of vote-rigging.Long, snaking queuesChief EU observer Marietje Schaake said polling stations were busy and people were eager to cast the...