Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta Wins Second Term
President Uhuru Kenyatta has won re-election in Kenya, defeating veteran opposition leader and longtime rival Raila Odinga in a tense contest.
The country’s election commission says Kenyatta won Tuesday’s election with 54.27% of the vote, calling it “credible, fair and peaceful”.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga took 44.74%, said commission chairman Wafula Chebukati.
Nearly 80% of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots.
“Having fulfilled the requirement by law… I therefore wish to declare Uhuru Kenyatta… as President-elect,” said Mr Chebukati.
President Kenyatta, 55, is a wealthy businessman and the son of Kenya’s first president.
Opposition leader Mr Odinga is a left-wing former political prisoner who also lost the 2013 vote to Kenyatta and took allegations of vote rigging to the country’s supreme court, which rejected his case.
The nation’s top elections official, Wafula Chebukati, said the vote was carried out in a “free, fair and credible manner.”