Kenya election: opposition leader rejects early results that point to defeat

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Kenya election: opposition leader rejects early results that point to defeat

Kenya election: opposition leader rejects early results that point to defeat

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Kenya election: opposition leader rejects early results that point to defeat

Opposition leader Kenya Raila Odinga rejected the first presidential results that showed he was losing to former president Uhuru Kenyatta, raising fears that his angry supporters could take to the streets to protest.

Millions of people stood in line Tuesday evening to vote in an election as a key test of the stability of one of the most important countries in Africa.

The results published by Kenya’s Electoral Commission put Kenyatta on 55% and Odinga on 45%, after more than nine of the 10 polling stations reported. Participation appears to have been about 75%.

In 2007 Odinga’s angry refusal of the outcome of an election marked by irregularities led to riots and reprisals by the security forces, which caused the country to go through its worst crisis for decades.

Approximately 1,200 people were killed in a campaign of ethnic violence that followed.

Odinga, a polarizing character who makes his fourth offer of power, said Tuesday night that the first results were “fictitious” and “false”, saying a late-night press conference that his party narrative put it forward.

“We have our projections of our agents that show we are far ahead,” Odinga said.

The former political prisoner and businessman also claimed that the killing of a senior election official last week was linked to an attempt to forge polls. Chris Msando, the chief electoral officer of the Electoral Commission, was found strangled and tortured in a forest on the outskirts of Nairobi.

Many Kenyans say that a repeat of the 2007 violence is unlikely as the country has learned from the traumatic experience. One voter told the Guardian in the poll that young citizens wanted “peace, peace, peace.”

Odinga’s supporters, who have been questioned in recent days, have said they would not go to the streets if they believed they had been defeated enough, although they insisted that their leader was the victim of the victory Last two ballots.

“There will be no problems if the process is fair and transparent, but if it is equipped, there will be chaos,” said Paul Ouma, a director of the bus company, before the poll.

In the poor neighborhood of Mathare, a bastion of Odinga, the young men predicted that “life would never be the same again” if the opposition lost. “People will fight … it will have been stolen,” said Brian Aswani.

In Kibera, another poor neighborhood where Odinga is popular, the young men said they would wait for the decision of their leader. “If we lose, we will wait for our leader Raila [Odinga] to speak,” he said, “if it says fight, we will fight,” said Abraham Ashidiva, 24.

There were no signs of problems in Nairobi or Kisumu, a western city that was hit by the violence of 2007.

Odinga, 72, is the son of the first vice president of Kenya. He is an ethnic Luo from the West, an area that has long been neglected by the central government and feeling its perceived exclusion from power.

Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of the first president, Jomo Kenyatta, is a Kikuyu, the ethnic group that has provided three of the four presidents since independence from Great Britain in 1963 …….

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