Kenyatta wins 98pc of vote in election rerun
INCUMBENT President Uhuru Kenyatta won 98pc of the vote in a repeat election in Kenya, although only 39pc of voters turned out due to an opposition boycott, the electoral commission said.
The announcement touched off small protests in a few opposition strongholds, but also celebrations in pro-Kenyatta areas of the east African country. Veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga had already branded the election a farce.
Given the deeply polarised atmosphere, some Kenyans fear that the violence seen so far – for the most part protesters clashing with police – is starting to take on ethnic overtones after two deaths in clashes between rival groups at the weekend.
Yesterday, the US ambassador said Washington was “profoundly concerned” by the outbreaks of violence in Kenya – east Africa’s biggest economy and a key security ally of the West against militant Islam.
Policemen help a schoolgirl who inhaled tear gas fired as the police were trying to hold off a group of opposition supporters in Nairobi yesterday. Photo: Getty