Pres­i­dent is de­clared win­ner of trou­bled elec­tion

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

NAIROBI » Pres­i­dent Uhuru Kenyatta on Mon­day was de­clared the over­whelm­ing win­ner of a rerun elec­tion boy­cotted by Kenya’s main op­po­si­tion leader, col­lect­ing 98 per­cent 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, one of the op­po­si­tion strongholds in western Kenya.

Kenya’s elec­tion com­mis­sion said the turnout of reg­is­tered vot­ers in the Oct. 26 elec­tion was about 40 per­cent, com­pared with roughly twice that in Au­gust bal­lot­ing that was nul­li­fied by the Supreme Court be­cause of what it called “ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and il­le­gal­i­ties.”

The rerun was marred by deadly clashes be­tween po­lice and Odinga sup­port­ers in the days that fol­lowed.

Kenyatta said he ex­pected Odinga fol­low­ers to mount new le­gal chal­lenges, in­di­cat­ing the long saga that has left many Kenyans weary of con­flict and has hurt busi­ness.

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