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Protests erupt as Kibaki wins Kenya vote

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Protests erupt as Kibaki wins Kenya vote


Deadly protests have erupted in Kenya as President Mwai Kibaki was sworn in for a second five-year term.

He took the oath of office, calling for national reconciliation, just after being declared the winner of Thursday’s disputed election.

The opposition has accused the government of widespread fraud. Earlier, amid scenes of chaos, results being given by the electoral commission were publicly contested.

Presidential challenger Raila Odinga said: “We have evidence, some of which is going to be presented here and now, which basically confirms that the figures that the commission are going to use to try to justify the decision are false figures, and do not reflect the will of the people of Kenya.”

Claims of vote tampering had already sparked ethnic rioting in Kenya, and no sooner was the president’s re-election announced than fresh unrest erupted on the streets.

Local media reported at least ten deaths.

Chief EU election observer Alexander Graf Lambsdorff said some doubts remained about the accuracy of the final count.

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