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Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected as Kenya's president


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Uhuru Kenyatta re-elected as Kenya's president

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has won a second and final five-year term as president.

Mr Kenyatta, who has been in office since 2013, took 54.3 percent of the vote, and opposition leader Raila Odinga took 44.7 percent.

After the announcement, Mr Kenyatta offered an olive branch to the opposition and urged national unity and peace in the wake of a divisive dispute over the fairness of the poll.

“I reach out to you, I reach out to all your supporters,” Kenyatta said in comments directed to opposition leader Raila Odinga. “To our brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies, we are all citizens of the same republic.”

Earlier, the opposition rejected the results, demanding access to electoral commission servers.

The row over the presidential result has raised fears of a repeat of the violence which erupted after Kenya’s disputed election 10 years ago.

That saw around 1,200 people killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta offered an olive branch to the opposition on Friday after being declared winner of this week’s elections, and urged national unity and peace in the wake of a divisive dispute over the fairness of the poll.

“I reach out to you, I reach out to all your supporters,” Kenyatta said in comments directed to opposition leader Raila Odinga. “To our brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies, we are all citizens of the same republic.”