Keny­atta wins 98pc of vote in elec­tion re­run

Irish Independent - - World News - Katharine Houreld

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

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