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US Advocates For Calm In Kenya Following Election

US Advocates For Calm In Kenya Following Election

US Advocates For Calm In Kenya Following Election

US Advocates For Calm In Kenya Following Election

Tuesday, a day after William Ruto was named the victor of the presidential election and was promptly challenged by competitor Raila Odinga, the United States urged Kenyans to maintain their composure and patience.

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“We urge all parties to work together to peacefully resolve any remaining concerns about the election through the existing dispute resolution mechanisms,” said State Department Spokesman, Ned Price.

“We ask all political party leaders to continue to urge their supporters to remain peaceful and to refrain from violence during the electoral process,” Price said.

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Odinga lost his fifth run for the presidency to Deputy President William Ruto, 55, by a vote margin of 230,000, or less than two percentage points of the total ballots cast.

US Advocates For Calm In Kenya Following Election

The 77-year-old senior politician called the outcome of the vote on August 9 a “travesty,” but he held off on saying outright that he would file a case with the Supreme Court.

He added that he had been defrauded in earlier unsuccessful races.

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Since 2002, no presidential election result in Kenya has been uncontested, and the disagreements have occasionally resulted in bloodshed.

Kenya’s worst electoral violence occurred after the 2007 vote when more than 1,100 people died in bloodletting between rival tribes.


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