PRES­I­DENT KENY­ATTA DE­CLARED WIN­NER OF TROU­BLED ELEC­TION RE­RUN

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

NAIROBI Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta on Mon­day was de­clared the over­whelm­ing win­ner of a re­run elec­tion boy­cotted by Kenya’s main op­po­si­tion leader, col­lect­ing 98 per cent of the vote but also ex­pos­ing the di­vi­sions roil­ing this East African coun­try.

While Keny­atta’s back­ers cel­e­brated his re-elec­tion, an­gry sup­port­ers of his ri­val, Raila Odinga, skir­mished with po­lice in Nairobi slums and burned tires in Kisumu, one of the op­po­si­tion strongholds in western Kenya.

Kenya’s elec­tion com­mis­sion said the turnout of vot­ers in the Oct. 26 elec­tion was about 40 per cent, com­pared with roughly twice that in Au­gust bal­lot­ing that was nul­li­fied by the Supreme Court be­cause of what it called “ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and il­le­gal­i­ties.”

The re­run was marred by deadly clashes be­tween po­lice and Odinga sup­port­ers in the days that fol­lowed.

Keny­atta, pic­tured, said he ex­pected Odinga fol­low­ers to mount new le­gal chal­lenges, in­di­cat­ing the long saga that has left many Kenyans weary of con­flict and has hurt busi­ness in East Africa’s eco­nomic hub is not over.

“My vic­tory to­day was just part of a process that is likely to once again be sub­jected to a con­sti­tu­tional test through our courts,” Keny­atta said at the elec­tion com­mis­sion head­quar­ters af­ter re­sults were an­nounced that gave him a sec­ond term. “I will sub­mit to this con­sti­tu­tional path.”

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