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Mar 7, 2013

Kenya presidential hopeful challenges count in tense vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The running mate of Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga called for the vote count to be halted on Thursday and cast doubt on the fairness of a process still incomplete three days after the poll, remarks that could inflame a largely peaceful election.

Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister, is trailing Uhuru Kenyatta in the partial count. His running mate Kalonzo Musyoka said his comments were not a call for mass action and he urged voters to stay calm and patient. Disputes over Kenya’s last election in 2007 sparked ethnic violence that killed 1,200 people.

Mar 7, 2013

Kenyan authorities urge patience as vote count drags on

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities said the outcome of a presidential election would not be compromised by the failure of electronic vote counting technology that has left the nation in the dark about the result three days after the poll.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, 51, who is due to go on trial in The Hague for his role in ethnic killings that followed the last election in 2007, has led since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday.

Mar 4, 2013

Four policemen butchered as Kenyans queue in tense vote

NAIROBI/MOMBASA, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyans stood patiently in long lines on Monday to elect a new president but machete-wielding youths on the coast killed four policemen, casting a shadow over a vote seen as vital to repairing Kenya’s image after tribal bloodshed five years ago.

A few hours before the 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) start of voting and with long queues formed across the nation before sunrise, four police officers on patrol in the Mombasa port city area were hacked to death by attackers, a senior police officer said.

Mar 3, 2013

Kenyans to vote in tense head-to-head presidential race

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyans vote on Monday in a presidential election that will test whether the east African nation can restore its reputation as one of Africa’s more stable democracies after a lethal ethnic rampage erupted following the 2007 poll.

Outgoing President Mwai Kibaki, the candidates and civil society groups have all appealed for a peaceful poll after the disputed vote five years ago unleashed a wave of killing by rival tribes that lasted weeks and left more than 1,200 dead.

Mar 2, 2013

Odinga alleges unfairness before Kenyan election

KAREN, Kenya (Reuters) – One of Kenya’s top two presidential rivals accused the electoral commission on Saturday of disadvantaging him by “design or omission” in Monday’s vote, a poll intended to reassert the rule of law after savage post-election tribal fighting in 2007.

Prime Minister Raila Odinga, locked in a tight race against Uhuru Kenyatta, told Reuters he was still confident of a first-round victory, but his comments hint at legal wrangles and tension if the result is as close as surveys suggest.

Mar 1, 2013

Kenya braces for repeat of election bloodshed

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyans choose a new president on Monday in a closely fought election that has divided the east African nation and raised fears of a repeat of the bloodshed that followed the tightly contested race five years ago.

Rival tribe members wielding machetes, knives, and bows and arrows butchered more than 1,200 people after the disputed 2007 vote, shattering Kenya’s reputation as one of the continent’s most stable democracies and dealing a heavy blow to east Africa’s biggest economy from which it is only now recovering.

Mar 1, 2013

Preview: Kenya braces for repeat of election bloodshed

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyans choose a new president on Monday in a closely fought election that has divided the east African nation and raised fears of a repeat of the bloodshed that followed the tightly contested race five years ago.

Rival tribe members wielding machetes, knives, and bows and arrows butchered more than 1,200 people after the disputed 2007 vote, shattering Kenya’s reputation as one of the continent’s most stable democracies and dealing a heavy blow to east Africa’s biggest economy from which it is only now recovering.

Jan 30, 2013

Egypt curfew scaled back as Mursi seeks end to bloodshed

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities scaled back a curfew imposed by President Mohamed Mursi, and the Islamist leader cut short a visit to Europe on Wednesday to deal with the deadliest violence in the seven months since he took power.

Two more protesters were shot dead before dawn near Cairo’s central Tahrir Square on Wednesday, a day after the army chief warned that the state was on the brink of collapse if Mursi’s opponents and supporters did not end street battles.

Jan 30, 2013

Merkel urges Egypt’s Mursi to hold crisis dialogue

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Egypt’s Islamist president on Wednesday to open a dialogue with all political forces in the crisis-ridden Arab country after a week of violence that has killed more than 50 people.

President Mohamed Mursi flew to Germany to try to convince Europe of his democratic credentials, but in a sign of the political tensions back home, he restricted his trip to a few hours and cancelled a planned Paris leg.

Jan 30, 2013

Mursi heads to Germany on trip cut back by Egypt crisis

CAIRO/BERLIN (Reuters) – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi flew to Germany on Wednesday to convince Europe of his democratic credentials, leaving behind a country in crisis after a wave of violence that has killed more than 50 people.

The Egyptian army chief warned on Tuesday that the state was on the brink of collapse if political factions did not end the street battles that have resumed two years after the revolt that toppled long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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      "Responsible for Reuters coverage from Egypt and Sudan, and overseeing operations of the Cairo-based Reuters Arabic language service. Previously was Bureau Chief, Iran. Have worked throughout the Middle East for most of the past 15 years, including covering the Iraq war and Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Have also covered financial and energy affairs, holding positions that inlude equities reporter in London."
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