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Mar 24, 2013

Trade relations in focus before China’s Xi gives Africa speech

DAR ES SALAAM, March 25 (Reuters) – China’s trade ties with
Africa will be under the spotlight on Monday when President Xi
Jinping outlines his country’s relationship with the continent,
which Beijing is increasingly turning to for both its resources
and as a market place.

Xi’s tour of Africa on his first overseas trip is seen as a
reflection of the strategic importance of Africa’s oil and
mineral resources to the world’s second biggest economy.

Mar 24, 2013

China’s Xi arrives in Africa with focus on trade ties

DAR ES SALAAM, March 24 (Reuters) – African dancers and a
21-gun salute welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping in Dar es
Salaam on Sunday at the start of an African tour that underlines
the continent’s strategic importance for China both for its
resources and as a marketplace.

Visiting, Tanzania, South Africa and Republic of Congo on
his first trip abroad as president, Xi will aim to build on
expanding economic relations that many Africans see as a healthy
counterbalance to the influence of the West.

Mar 24, 2013

Africa’s trade ties with China in spotlight as President Xi visits

DAR ES SALAAM, March 24 (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi
Jinping faces growing calls from policymakers and economists in
Africa for a more balanced trade relationship between the
continent and China as he arrives in Tanzania at the beginning
of an African tour on Sunday.

China’s ties with the continent dates back to the 1950s,
when Beijing backed African liberation movements fighting to
throw off Western colonial rule. It has built roads, railways,
stadiums and pipelines to win access to Africa’s oil and
minerals like copper and uranium to feed its booming economy.

Mar 10, 2013

Kenyatta declared winner of Kenya’s presidential vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for crimes against humanity, was declared winner of Kenya’s presidential election on Saturday, but rival Raila Odinga said he would challenge the outcome in court and asked supporters to avoid violence.

Kenyatta, Kenya’s richest man and son of its founding president, faces trial on charges of playing a leading role in the wave of tribal killings that followed the disputed 2007 presidential election. His win on Saturday avoided what could have been a divisive a run-off penciled in for April.

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 8, 2013

Kenya vote count gives Kenyatta chance of outright victory

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The Kenyan authorities said they would announce a final result on Saturday in a tightly fought election that seemed to put the son of Kenya’s founding president, Uhuru Kenyatta, on course for outright victory.

Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity, was leading Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the final stages with just over 50 percent of the votes, enough to avoid a run-off if he stays above that level.

Mar 8, 2013

Kenyan presidential election heads to nail-biting finish

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s presidential race tightened on Friday as Uhuru Kenyatta’s lead narrowed over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, raising the prospect of a second-round run-off.

Kenyatta, 51, the deputy prime minister, who is due to go on trial at The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity linked to the violent aftermath of the last election in 2007, had led since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday.

Mar 7, 2013

Kenyatta lead shrinks in Kenya vote count, raising chance of run-off

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta’s share of the vote slipped below 50 percent for the first time in the slow counting of results on Thursday, raising the prospect that the country could be headed for a divisive second round run-off.

Kenyatta’s main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, narrowed the gap to within three percentage points as votes from his stronghold were added to the tally.

Mar 7, 2013

Anxiety builds as Kenyans wait for presidential winner

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities said the outcome of the country’s presidential election would not be compromised by the failure of electronic vote counting technology that has delayed results for a third day.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who is due to go on trial for crimes against humanity linked to the violent aftermatch of the last election in 2007, has led since results started trickling in after polls closed on Monday.

Mar 6, 2013

Kenyans await outcome after tight presidential vote

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan authorities hope to deliver the final outcome of a presidential vote on Wednesday, after partial results gave a lead to a politician wanted in The Hague over tribal violence after the last election over five years ago.

Counting since Monday’s vote has been slow, and a new electronic system has been plagued by hitches, leading to complaints by political parties and anxiety among voters fearful that a flawed process could lead to another violent dispute.