Kenyatta declared winner of Kenyan presidential election by tiny margin
On Saturday, with 50.07 percent of the vote, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's presidential elections. Kenyatta is accused of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court.
Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for crimes against humanity, was declared winner of Kenya's presidential election on Saturday with a tiny margin, just enough to avoid a run-off after a race that has divided the nation along tribal lines.Skip to next paragraph
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Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president, faces trial after the disputed 2007 presidential vote that unleashed a wave of tribal blood-letting.
The United States and other Western powers, big donors to the east African nation, said before the vote that a Kenyatta win would complicate diplomatic ties with a nation viewed as a vital ally in the regional battle against militant Islam.
After saying Kenyatta secured 50.07 percent of the votes, just achieving the more than 50 percent needed to avoid a second round, the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Issack Hassan, announced:
"I therefore declare Uhuru Kenyatta the duly elected president of the Republic of Kenya," he said. Shortly afterwards he handed a certificate of the results to Kenyatta, who had arrived after the declartion. Kenyatta thanked him.