KENYA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RULING

KenyanKenya’s Supreme Court is to announce its decision on a challenge to the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as president. The appeal was lodged by Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Kenyatta’s rival in a presidential poll earlier this month.Official results said Kenyatta beat Odinga by 50.07% to 43.28%, avoiding a run-off by just 8,100 votes. Odinga accused the electoral authorities of manipulating the result.The presidential, legislative and municipal elections held on 4 March were the first since the disputed 2007 poll that set off ethnic and political violence in which more than 1,200 people were killed.Kenyatta and his running mate, William Ruto, are facing trial on charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for allegedly fuelling that unrest.They deny the charges. The Supreme Court can either confirm Kenyatta’s victory in this month’s vote, or overturn the result and call for a fresh election.The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Nairobi that whatever the outcome, there will be people who are angry. Outgoing President Mwai Kibaki has urged people to stay calm and accept the result, but much will depend on Kenyans’ faith in their newly-reformed judiciary,

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