Kenyatta elected Kenya's president for second term

  • Kenyatta elected Kenya's president for second term

Kenyatta elected Kenya's president for second term

The clashes broke out shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor of the disputed election with 54.27 percent of votes, beating Odinga who scored 44.74 percent, according to the election commission.

Kenya's opposition said earlier on Friday that it would "not be a party" to the commission's election announcement because its concerns about the election had not yet been addressed.

At this crucial moment, he and his National Super Alliance (NASA) must also step up to this call for transparency: if they can not swiftly substantiate their allegations that the election was hacked and "most" of the official results already published by the IEBC are false, they should concede defeat and thereby contribute to strengthening Kenya's democracy.

Odinga, a polarising figure who is adored by his supporters, also ran and lost in 2013, and took his complaints about the widespread failure of electronic voting equipment to court. In 2007, more than 1,000 people were killed in ethnic violence after Odinga lost that year's presidential election and alleged vote-rigging.

He said hackers had infiltrated the election authority's systems using the identity of Chris Msando, an election official who was tortured and murdered a week before the vote.

He encouraged political leaders in Kenya "to rise to the occasion" and spurred the leadership of that country to ensure Kenya does not "burn because of an election".

"The judicial process, the judicial system of Kenya and the election laws themselves make full and adequate provision for accountability in this election", Kerry said.

The Chairperson of the AU Commission visited Kenya ahead of the polls on July 18-20 this year, during which he called for peaceful and credible elections before, during and after the elections, recalled the statement.

They say the unrest broke out after Kenya's election commission announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second term, defeating Odinga.

Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing opposition supporters in one Nairobi neighbourhood, residents said, but most of the capital and the rest of the country were calm after four people were killed in election-related violence on Wednesday. "Let us be peaceful", Uhuru said.

Another top opposition official, James Orengo, said the coalition would not be taking its issues to court, raising the spectre of street protests.

Opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, whose rejection of the 2007 presidential election result triggered widespread bloodshed, has challenged the results released so far.

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The election commission has until August 15 to release the final tally.

Soon after Odinga claimed on television that the election had been rigged, angry protesters in the Nairobi slum of Mathare and poor areas in the opposition stronghold of Kisumu in the southwest burned tires, set up roadblocks and clashed with police. Results could be announced within hours, though the election commission has until Tuesday to do it.

Orengo said they would not seek redress through legal channels again, saying they had tried once and failed.

Two people were shot dead in Nairobi as they took advantage of the protests to loot, Nairobi police chief Japheth Koome said. Many businesses remain closed amid fears of violence.

The election is a test of democracy in the East African economic power.