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Kenyan opposition candidate rejects vote as fears of violence grow

NAIROBI — A day before Kenya is due to announce the official outcome of its recent presidential election, the country’s longtime opposition leader on Thursday reasserted his conviction that the results have been rigged. In a nation with a recent history of solid economic growth and relative political stability, Kenya’s elections nearly always expose the tense, fractured tribal politics that lie just under the surface here. International election monitors, including former U.S. secretary of state John Kerry, have encouraged Odinga and Kenyatta to advocate a peaceful response by their parties and supporters. According to Musalia Mudavadi, one of Odinga’s advisers, the “authentic and legitimate results” were manipulated or hidden by the body. Given Kenya’s wide political divisions, analysts worry that another disputed election will only increase tensions between ethnic groups and further diminish faith in the central government.

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