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Kenyatta declared winner of Kenya’s disputed presidential vote

NAIROBI, Kenya — President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner Friday of Kenya’s hard-fought presidential election, but opposition candidate Raila Odinga alleged the voting was rigged. In announcing the results of Tuesday’s contest, the election commission said Kenyatta won a second term with 54 percent in balloting it called “credible, fair and peaceful.” Hundreds of riot officers were in the streets of the capital, Nairobi, amid fears of further protests by opposition supporters, who called the vote a “charade” and said challenging the outcome in court isn’t an option. There are gunshots all over; we don’t know how it will end but we are praying for peace,” said Kisumu resident Lucas Odhiambo, adding that people were bellowing through vuvuzela noisemakers when the results were announced “and police moved in. Earlier in the day, opposition supporters burned tires and blocked roads in several areas. The election commission rejected claims by Odinga, a former prime minister, that its database was hacked and results manipulated against him.

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