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Kenyatta officially declared president of Kenya

Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 - 01:04

March 9 - Kenya's election commission declares Uhuru Kenyatta, who is indicted for crimes against humanity, the winner of the presidential election. Adam Brauner reports.

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(SOUNDBITE)(English) CHAIRMAN OF THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION, ISSACK HASSAN, SAYING: "I therefore declare Uhuru Kenyatta the duly elected president." Kenya's election commission narrowly declares Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of a tight presidential race on Saturday. Having secured 50.07 percent of the votes in the tribally divisive election, Kenyatta, the current deputy prime minister, achieved just more than the 50 percent needed to dodge a second voting round. He beat Prime Minister Raila Odinga to secure the presidency. Odinga's campaign team has called the ballot count flawed but said they would seek justice in court and not the streets. Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president, has been indicted for crimes against humanity in relation to deadly violence that flared after the disputed 2007 presidential vote. Kenya will now become the second African country after Sudan to have a sitting president indicted by the International Criminal Court. Before the election, the United States and other Western powers said a Kenyatta win would complicate diplomatic ties with the East African nation.

Kenyatta officially declared president of Kenya

Saturday, Mar 09, 2013 - 01:04

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