Keny­atta de­clared win­ner of dis­puted elec­tion

Austin American-Statesman - - NATION & WORLD -

Pres­i­dent NAIROBI, KENYA — Uhuru Keny­atta was de­clared the win­ner Fri­day of Kenya’s hard-fought pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, but op­po­si­tion can­di­date Raila Odinga al­leged the vot­ing was rigged.

In an­nounc­ing the re­sults of Tues­day’s con­test, the elec­tion com­mis­sion said Keny­atta won a sec­ond term with 54 per­cent of the vote in bal­lot­ing it called “cred­i­ble, fair and peace­ful.”

Hun­dreds of riot po­lice were in the streets of the cap­i­tal, Nairobi, amid fears of fur­ther protests by op­po­si­tion sup­port­ers, who called the vote a “cha­rade” and said chal­leng­ing the out­come in court wasn’t an op­tion.

Keny­atta, the 55-year-old son of Kenya’s first pres­i­dent af­ter in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain, ap­pealed for calm and unity af­ter the bit­ter cam­paign.

“Kenya be­longs to all of us,” he said. “Let us shun vi­o­lence and let us refuse to be used for short-term po­lit­i­cal gain.”

He said he was ex­tend­ing a “hand of friend­ship” to “our older brother,” Odinga.

“We need and must con­tinue to work to­gether for the wel­fare of our peo­ple and in or­der to keep this coun­try united,” said Keny­atta, who also de­feated Odinga in 2013.

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