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Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner of Kenya election

Uhuru Kenyatta declared winner of Kenya election
From CBC - August 11, 2017

UhuruKenyatta has been re-elected as president in Kenya, the electoral commission in the East African country announced Friday evening, but the opposition has saidit will notaccept the result.

Wafula Chebukati, chairof the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission,said Kenyatta earned just over 54 per cent of the vote with a turnout of over 19 million. He expressed confidence the election was "credible, fair and peaceful."

Kenyatta, 55-year-old leader of the Jubilee Party, wins a second term in office.

Kenyatta said he was grateful for the confidence the voters had entrusted in him, and pledged that his administration would "rededicate ourselves even more towards serving this great nation."

He extended an olive branch to main rival Raila Odinga and the opposition, stating, "We are not enemies, we are all citizens of one republic."

Kenyatta asked voters to reject violent protest over the result, in a country where more than 1,000 people were killed following the contested 2007 vote.

But within an hour of the official word, witnesses reported to both Reuters and The Associated Press about hearing gunshots and witnessing police fire tear gas in the Nairobi slum of Kibera and in the southwestern city of Kisumu.

Just before the announcement, a senior official from the opposition said it "would not be a party" to a process he characterized as a "charade" because its concerns had not been addressed by the electoral commission.

"We raised some very serious concerns, they have not responded to them," said James Orengo, one of the lieutenants Odinga, who tallied 44.7 per cent of the vote.

International monitors questioned

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