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March 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - After a hard-fought presidential campaign, this strategic East African country is trying to avoid a recurrence of tribal violence that killed more than 1,000 people after its last election, violence its new president-elect stands accused of helping to incite. Kenya's independent election commission Saturday pronounced Uhuru Kenyatta the winner with 50.07% of the vote. His main challenger, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, refused to concede, citing what he called widespread fraud and irregularities.
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March 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The second-place finisher in Kenya's recent presidential election accepted a unanimous Supreme Court ruling Saturday that his chief rival, Uhuru Kenyatta, was the rightful winner. The court ruled the election was free and fair. Raila Odinga, who trailed Kenyatta in the balloting, said he still believed the election was marred with irregularities. But he called on Kenyans to unite around Kenyatta as president for the sake of peace. Police fired tear gas to remove protesters outside the Supreme Court, and there was a heavy security presence in Nairobi's slums late Saturday after reports of violent protests in some areas.  In the western city of Kisumu, an Odinga stronghold, crowds looted shops and burned tires, Reuters news service reported.
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October 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
President Daniel Arap Moi officially announced the end of his 24-year rule of Kenya on Friday, dissolving parliament and kicking off campaigning that pits the son of the nation's first president against a veteran opposition politician. No date has been set for the election -- the first in which a Kenyan president has been constitutionally obliged to step down -- but it must be held within 90 days. It will be the third election since the return of multiparty politics in 1991.
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March 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Nicholas Soi, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - The second-place finisher in Kenya's recent presidential election accepted a unanimous Supreme Court ruling Saturday that his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta, was the rightful winner. The court ruled that the March 4 election was free and fair. Raila Odinga, who was narrowly defeated by Kenyatta, said he still believed that the election was marred by irregularities. But he called on Kenyans to unite around Kenyatta as president for the sake of peace. "The court has now spoken.
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March 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The second-place finisher in Kenya's recent presidential election accepted a unanimous Supreme Court ruling Saturday that his chief rival, Uhuru Kenyatta, was the rightful winner. The court ruled the election was free and fair. Raila Odinga, who trailed Kenyatta in the balloting, said he still believed the election was marred with irregularities. But he called on Kenyans to unite around Kenyatta as president for the sake of peace. Police fired tear gas to remove protesters outside the Supreme Court, and there was a heavy security presence in Nairobi's slums late Saturday after reports of violent protests in some areas.  In the western city of Kisumu, an Odinga stronghold, crowds looted shops and burned tires, Reuters news service reported.
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March 9, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- In a setback for Kenya's efforts to cement its democracy, presidential contender Raila Odinga on Saturday refused to concede defeat in a close election he said was fraught with fraud and irregularities. But he called for calm and vowed to act through the courts. Kenyans of all political persuasions are determined to avoid the violent aftermath of the disputed 2007 election, which saw tribal killings spread across the country. Kenya's independent election commission announced rival Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the presidential election Saturday, angering Odinga's Luo tribe, whose members feel they have been shut out of presidential power for decades.
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March 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- As Kenya faced another disputed election Sunday, the country passed an important test: Despite outrage among many Kenyans over a result they saw as flawed, there was no major outbreak of violence. A massive deployment of security forces dispersed the few protests, earlier banned by Kenyan authorities. Kenyans were determined to break with the past, after tribal violence broke out in the wake of the disputed 2007 election, killing more than 1,000 people and tainting the country's reputation as an emerging democracy.
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March 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
NAIROBI, Kenya -- The International Criminal Court's prosecutor dropped charges of crimes against humanity against a fellow defendant of Kenya's president-elect Monday, raising questions about whether the case against Uhuru Kenyatta will hold up as he is on the verge of becoming the nation's leader. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that the charges against former public service chief Francis Muthaura had been dropped because a key witness recanted and admitted he had accepted bribes.
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March 30, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon and Nicholas Soi, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - The second-place finisher in Kenya's recent presidential election accepted a unanimous Supreme Court ruling Saturday that his rival, Uhuru Kenyatta, was the rightful winner. The court ruled that the March 4 election was free and fair. Raila Odinga, who was narrowly defeated by Kenyatta, said he still believed that the election was marred by irregularities. But he called on Kenyans to unite around Kenyatta as president for the sake of peace. "The court has now spoken.
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March 8, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - A Kenyan politician facing international criminal charges held a slight edge in the country's presidential election as officials posted complete results early Saturday showing that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta prevailed by the slimmest of margins, winning 50.03% of the vote. Kenyatta, son of Kenya's first president, needed to win more than half the votes to avoid a runoff election with his nearest competitor, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is likely to demand a recount.
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March 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
NAIROBI, Kenya -- The International Criminal Court's prosecutor dropped charges of crimes against humanity against a fellow defendant of Kenya's president-elect Monday, raising questions about whether the case against Uhuru Kenyatta will hold up as he is on the verge of becoming the nation's leader. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced that the charges against former public service chief Francis Muthaura had been dropped because a key witness recanted and admitted he had accepted bribes.
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March 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - After a hard-fought presidential campaign, this strategic East African country is trying to avoid a recurrence of tribal violence that killed more than 1,000 people after its last election, violence its new president-elect stands accused of helping to incite. Kenya's independent election commission Saturday pronounced Uhuru Kenyatta the winner with 50.07% of the vote. His main challenger, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, refused to concede, citing what he called widespread fraud and irregularities.
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March 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- As Kenya faced another disputed election Sunday, the country passed an important test: Despite outrage among many Kenyans over a result they saw as flawed, there was no major outbreak of violence. A massive deployment of security forces dispersed the few protests, earlier banned by Kenyan authorities. Kenyans were determined to break with the past, after tribal violence broke out in the wake of the disputed 2007 election, killing more than 1,000 people and tainting the country's reputation as an emerging democracy.
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March 9, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
NAIROBI, Kenya -- In a setback for Kenya's efforts to cement its democracy, presidential contender Raila Odinga on Saturday refused to concede defeat in a close election he said was fraught with fraud and irregularities. But he called for calm and vowed to act through the courts. Kenyans of all political persuasions are determined to avoid the violent aftermath of the disputed 2007 election, which saw tribal killings spread across the country. Kenya's independent election commission announced rival Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the presidential election Saturday, angering Odinga's Luo tribe, whose members feel they have been shut out of presidential power for decades.
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March 8, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - A Kenyan politician facing international criminal charges held a slight edge in the country's presidential election as officials posted complete results early Saturday showing that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta prevailed by the slimmest of margins, winning 50.03% of the vote. Kenyatta, son of Kenya's first president, needed to win more than half the votes to avoid a runoff election with his nearest competitor, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who is likely to demand a recount.
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October 26, 2002 | From Associated Press
President Daniel Arap Moi officially announced the end of his 24-year rule of Kenya on Friday, dissolving parliament and kicking off campaigning that pits the son of the nation's first president against a veteran opposition politician. No date has been set for the election -- the first in which a Kenyan president has been constitutionally obliged to step down -- but it must be held within 90 days. It will be the third election since the return of multiparty politics in 1991.
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October 14, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Five Kenyan government ministers resigned, saying they had lost confidence in President Daniel Arap Moi in a dispute over the ruling party's nominee for presidential elections. The quintet objected to Moi's selection of Uhuru Kenyatta as the presidential nominee of the Kenya African National Union party. Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first president, Jomo Kenyatta, was a relative political unknown before Moi backed him.
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October 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Kenya will hold elections Dec. 27 to pick a successor to President Daniel Arap Moi, electoral officials announced. The contest for the nation's third leader since independence from Britain in 1963 will pit political neophyte Uhuru Kenyatta, 42, against Mwai Kibaki, 71, a former vice president and two-time presidential candidate. The elections, which will also include voting for parliamentary seats, are seen as a test for good governance.
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