Kenyan Pres­i­dent Keny­atta wins 98 per­cent of vote in re­peat elec­tion

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NAIROBI, (Reuters) - Kenya’s in­cum­bent Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta won 98 per­cent of the vote in a re­peated elec­tion in which an op­po­si­tion boy­cott helped lower turnout to 39 per­cent, the elec­toral com­mis­sion said on Mon­day.

The an­nounce­ment touched off small protests in a few op­po­si­tion strongholds but also cel­e­bra­tions in pro-Keny­atta ar­eas. Vet­eran op­po­si­tion leader Raila Odinga said the Oct. 26 elec­tion was a farce. Civil so­ci­ety groups also cited prob­lems with the vote.

The vi­o­lence has for the most part seen protestors clash with po­lice but some Kenyans fear it is start­ing to take on eth­nic over­tones af­ter two deaths in clashes be­tween ri­val groups at the week­end. At least 66 peo­ple have died in over­all elec­tion vi­o­lence.

On Mon­day, the U.S. am­bas­sador said Wash­ing­ton was “pro­foundly con­cerned” by the out­breaks of vi­o­lence since the re­run. Kenya is east Africa’s rich­est econ­omy and a key se­cu­rity ally of the West against mil­i­tant Is­lam. It also a key re­gional trade, lo­gis­tics and trade hub.

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