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Kenyatta wins Kenya's presidential race, figures show Watch

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    Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president, won the presidential election with a slim margin of 50.03 percent of votes cast, just enough to avoid a run-off, provisional figures by the election commission showed on Saturday.

    Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity, secured the victory over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who secured 43.28 percent of the vote.

    The first round win, which must be officially confirmed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, means Kenyans who waited five days for the result of the vote will not face a run-off that would have prolonged the uncertainty.

    To secure an outright win, a candidate needed more than 50 percent of the votes.

    Kenyatta achieved that by a margin of just 4,100 votes. About 12.3 million votes were cast. Such a narrow win will almost certainly prompt legal challenges from Odinga's camp, which complained about the election process throughout.

    Kenyatta, the deputy prime minister, secured 6,173,433 votes out of a total of 12,338,667 ballots cast, the provisional figures showed, indicating a margin of 50.03 percent.

    Western donors had warned before the vote that diplomatic ties would be complicated with a win by Kenyatta who, along with his running mate William Ruto, is facing charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague related to post-election violence five years ago.

    Kenyans hoped this vote would restore their nation's reputation as one of Africa's most stable democracies after the tribal slaughter that followed the disputed 2007 vote that Odinga said Mwai Kibaki stole from him.

    The test will be whether any challenges to the outcome are worked out in the courts of the newly reformed judiciary, and do not spill over into the streets, as they did in 2007.
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    The African Union congratulates Kenya on a peaceful election
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    The Kingdom of Morocco congratulates Mr Kenyatta on his victory and we look forward to forging a strong relationship with the new President so that, together, we can eradicate terrorism in northern Africa.
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    Malaysia congratulates Kenya on the inauguration of its new President. We hope that this is another beacon of light in the development of both Kenya and its neighboring countries.
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    Portugal is not supportive of the new President and believes that he is not suitable for the role. There is evidence to suggest that the correct election process was not carried out. Furthermore, the President is currently facing charges of crimes against humanity and as a result, at this stage, he is not suitable for this powerful position. Despite this, Portugal is still hopeful that Kenya can prosper.
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    (Original post by Callum96)
    Portugal is not supportive of the new President and believes that he is not suitable for the role. There is evidence to suggest that the correct election process was not carried out. Furthermore, the President is currently facing charges of crimes against humanity and as a result, at this stage, he is not suitable for this powerful position. Despite this, Portugal is still hopeful that Kenya can prosper.
    Nigeria assumes that Portugal has the evidence to back its claims that the correct election process wasn't carried out.

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    South Africa is happy that the election passed peacefully and without major incident as in 2007.
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    The Swiss Confederation, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Republic of India all congratulate Mr Kenyatta on his election victory. We are also grateful like the South African representative that there was'nt a major incident like in the 2007 election.
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    Sweden is unconvinced of the suitability of a president who is facing charges of crimes against humanity.
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    (Original post by miser)
    Sweden is unconvinced of the suitability of a president who is facing charges of crimes against humanity.
    Sweden is not qualified to dictate the 'suitability' of presidential candidates of a sovereign state, and the Swedish representative should know better!
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    (Original post by Callum96)
    Portugal is not supportive of the new President and believes that he is not suitable for the role. There is evidence to suggest that the correct election process was not carried out. Furthermore, the President is currently facing charges of crimes against humanity and as a result, at this stage, he is not suitable for this powerful position. Despite this, Portugal is still hopeful that Kenya can prosper.

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    Nigeria assumes that Portugal has the evidence to back its claims that the correct election process wasn't carried out.

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    Like Nigeria, the African Union challenges Portugal to produce the evidence of these allegations, or loose the colonial mentality and meddling in internal brotherly affairs!
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    (Original post by dj_macky)
    Sweden is not qualified to dictate the 'suitability' of presidential candidates of a sovereign state, and the Swedish representative should know better!
    Sweden understands its place in world affairs and remains concerned. We hope Kenyatta's actions as president will go some way to reassuring us that he meets the responsibilities of his office.
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    Estonia would like to congratulate Kenya on a peaceful election, and hopes that the new president will recognise and respect his international obligations, as well as bringing prosperity and peace to the region.
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    The Netherlands also worries that someone facing charges of crimes against humanities should be president. However, it is glad that the election has gone peacefully, without a repeat of 2007.
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    (Original post by Vionar)
    The Netherlands also worries that someone facing charges of crimes against humanities should be president. However, it is glad that the election has gone peacefully, without a repeat of 2007.
    Germany echoes the Netherlands concerns, but is also glad to see the election has run smoothly
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    (Original post by dj_macky)
    The African Union congratulates Kenya on a peaceful election
    Thank you. We emerge a stronger nation as we strive to achieve our goals to make Kenya more prosperous. We shall continue to work hand in hand with the African Union.
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    (Original post by Callum96)
    Portugal is not supportive of the new President and believes that he is not suitable for the role. There is evidence to suggest that the correct election process was not carried out. Furthermore, the President is currently facing charges of crimes against humanity and as a result, at this stage, he is not suitable for this powerful position. Despite this, Portugal is still hopeful that Kenya can prosper.
    Kenya is deeply disturbed that the delegate of Portugal fails to recognise Kenya's sovereignty and is hesitant to accept the wish of the people of Kenya. Kenya will prosper and the new government will play a pivotal role under the leadership of President Elect. Mr Uhuru Kenyatta. He is innocent until proven guilty, after all.
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    Kenya would like to thank all countries for standing with us during the elections. We hope to strengthen our ties with you and ask you to work with us to ensure the world becomes a better palce.
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    (Original post by miser)
    Sweden understands its place in world affairs and remains concerned. We hope Kenyatta's actions as president will go some way to reassuring us that he meets the responsibilities of his office.
    Kenya would be pleased if the esteemed delegate of Sweden would refer to the President Elect as Mr Kenyatta and not JUST Kenyatta.
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    (Original post by kinji)
    Kenya would be pleased if the esteemed delegate of Sweden would refer to the President Elect as Mr Kenyatta and not JUST Kenyatta.
    Apologies to Kenya and Mr Kenyatta for Sweden's absence of manners.
 
 
 
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