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Mar 31, 2013

Kenya mostly calm after vote ruling; minor clashes in west

NAIROBI/KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) – Kenyan police clashed on Sunday with a few dozen protesters angry at a court’s confirmation of Uhuru Kenyatta as president-elect, but the unrest was minor compared with the nationwide bloodshed after the last disputed election.

There was little sign of violence beyond Kisumu, a city in the west of Kenya where there is strong backing for Prime Minister Raila Odinga, loser in the presidential election. Kisumu and other regions were devastated by deadly riots after the vote in 2007.

Mar 30, 2013

Kenyatta won Kenya’s presidency fairly – Supreme Court

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court ruled on Saturday Uhuru Kenyatta was elected president fairly, unanimously rejecting a challenge from defeated candidate Raila Odinga that the vote was marred by rigging and technical problems.

The decision cleared the way for Kenya’s richest man to take the top job in east Africa’s biggest economy, but left foreign powers with the headache of dealing with a leader charged with crimes against humanity at The Hague.

Mar 30, 2013

Kenyans await ruling in disputed presidential election

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court rules on Saturday on a legal challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in a presidential election seen as a test of democracy, five years after vote disputes triggered widespread bloodshed.

The country’s outgoing president called for calm ahead of a decision that will either confirm the victory of Kenya’s richest man Kenyatta or force another vote.

Mar 29, 2013

Kenyans await ruling in disputed presidential race

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court rules on Saturday on a challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential election win, a judgment seen as a test of the democratic system five years after another disputed vote triggered tribal bloodshed.

The country’s outgoing president called for calm ahead of the decision that will either confirm the victory of Kenya’s richest man Kenyatta or force another vote.

Mar 29, 2013

Kenyan court holds final hearing before ruling on election

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court held its last session on Friday on a challenge to Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidential election victory a day before giving a ruling that will test Kenyans’ trust in the newly reformed judiciary.

The court delivers its verdict on Saturday on the challenge raised by defeated candidate Raila Odinga after peaceful voting on March 4 went some way to rebuilding Kenya’s image following tribal blood-letting in the wake of the disputed 2007 vote.

Mar 26, 2013

Kenya to hear petition challenging Kenyatta’s vote win

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court hears a petition on Wednesday challenging the victory by Uhuru Kenyatta in this month’s presidential election, a case that will test Kenyan democracy five years after a disputed vote ignited tribal violence.

Peaceful voting on March 4 went a long way to restoring Kenya’s reputation as one of Africa’s more stable democracies, reinforced when losing candidate Raila Odinga took his challenge to court rather than letting it play out on the streets.

Mar 11, 2013

Western states walk diplomatic tight-rope over Kenyatta win

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in Kenya’s presidential vote presents Western states with the challenge of keeping an elected leader charged with crimes against humanity at arms length while preserving valuable security and business ties.

Much is at stake in the relationship between East Africa’s biggest economy and its main Western backers and donors.

Mar 11, 2013

Analysis: Western states walk diplomatic tight-rope over Kenyatta win

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory in Kenya’s presidential vote presents Western states with the challenge of keeping an elected leader charged with crimes against humanity at arms length while preserving valuable security and business ties.

Much is at stake in the relationship between East Africa’s biggest economy and its main Western backers and donors.

Mar 9, 2013

Kenyatta wins presidency by slim margin in Kenyan election

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding president, won the presidential election with a slim margin of 50.03 percent of votes cast, provisional figures showed, just enough to avoid a run-off after a race that has divided the nation.

Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity, secured victory over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who trailed with 43.28 percent of the vote.

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.

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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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