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Kenya Supreme Court upholds Uhuru Kenyatta election win
 
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30-Mar-2013  
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Kenya's Supreme Court has upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election victory, rejecting several petitions challenging the vote.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga announced the decision, which was unanimous, saying the poll was free and fair.

The appeal was lodged by PM Raila Odinga, Mr Kenyatta's main rival in the presidential poll this month.

Official results said Mr Kenyatta beat Mr Odinga by 50.07% to 43.28%, avoiding a run-off by just 8,100 votes.

There was tight security at the Supreme Court as the judgement was read out. Violence after a disputed election in 2007 left more than 1,200 people dead.

The presidential, legislative and municipal elections held on 4 March were the first since the 2007 poll.

Mr Kenyatta and his running mate, William Ruto, will be sworn in as president and vice-president early next month.

But they are facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly fuelling unrest after that election. They deny the charges.

 
 
 
Source: BBC
 
 

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