Kenya's president takes early lead after peaceful vote

By REUTERS
August 9, 2017 00:05
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NAIROBI- Kenya's president took an early lead in Tuesday's national elections, preliminary results showed, the culmination of a hard-fought contest between the East African nation's two foremost political dynasties.

Shrouded in fears of violence, the vote pitted President Uhuru Kenyatta, a wealthy 55-year-old businessman and the son of Kenya's founding president, against Raila Odinga, 72, a former political prisoner and son of Kenya's first vice-president.

Kenyatta had 55 percent of the vote and Odinga 44 percent, the electoral commission website said at 2015 GMT, after 40 percent of polling stations had reported results.

Opinion polls released a week ago had put them neck-and-neck. Campaigning was marked by fiery rhetoric but public speeches were largely free of the ethnic hatred that has marred previous contests as the two men faced off for a second time.

The electoral commission urged voters to wait calmly for results.


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