Kenyan Election Contested

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected on August 8 with 54,27 percent of the vote, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga has contested the results and announced that he will challenge them before the Supreme Court, though independent observers have called the elections “free and fair”. Post-election violence has erupted in several of the opposition’s key strongholds, in which at least 24 people have been killed. Odinga’s calls for a general strike, however, have mostly been ignored, and despite pre-election fears, the country has so far avoided a return of the violence that followed the 2007 election, which resulted in 1,100 deaths and 600,000 displaced persons.

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