Keny­atta de­clared win­ner of new vote

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

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.

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

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