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Kenya on the brink as critics claim election fraud

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Kenya on the brink as critics claim election fraud

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An uneasy calm hung over Kenya’s townships today, as pressure mounts on President Mwai Kibaki for an investigation into his controversial election victory. International critics include the European Union, which says the vote was flawed, and fell well below expected standards. With the rioting dying down, shops re-opened, allowing people to resume something like normal lives.

The former colonial power, Britain, has refused to welcome Kibaki’s victory; the United States initially congratulated him, but then cast doubt on the results. Violence spread across Kenya, from the opposition heartland in the West, to the capital Nairobi.

Protesters vented their rage at what they saw as a stolen victory. The Red Cross says more than 120 people have died but the number of victims could be much higher. Opposition leader, and defeated presidential candidate, Raila Odinga claimed as many as 250 have been killed.

Even Kenyan election commissioners worry about fraud. Results read out in some constituencies changed dramatically in favour of President Kibaki when repeated in the final count.