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NEWSMAKER-Kenya's Odinga in familiar role after election loss

* Odinga says to challenge election result in court * Began life as a socialist but built a business portfolio * Learned hard lessons during years in jail By James Macharia NAIROBI, March 9 (Reuters) - Defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga sought to tap into the Kenyan public's thirst for transparent government but has failed again to shake off a reputation as an also-ran that goes back to the time of his father.

Raila Odinga: third time unlucky for Kenya's top job

At 68, Raila Odinga, son of Kenya's historical opposition leader Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, failed in his third and probably final stab at Kenya's top job. The prime minister in the outgoing government, Odinga is a Luo from the western region of Nyanza who likes to say he was "born into politics" and claimed as he voted in Monday's presidential election that he could win outright in the first round of the key election.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Kenya PM Odinga's running mate alleges vote-rigging

The running mate of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, a frontrunner in the presidential race, alleged Thursday that vote results had been "doctored". "We have evidence that the results we have received have been doctored," outgoing vice president Kalonzo Musyoka told reporters, adding however that his accusations were "not a call to mass action" and that the party remains committed to the rule of law. dw-pjm/hv/txw

Kenyatta takes early lead in tense Kenya vote count

Kenya's deputy prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces an international crimes against humanity trial, took an initial lead in presidential elections Tuesday, the first since disputed polls five years ago sparked a wave of violence. Kenyatta edged ahead in partial results over rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who says he was robbed of victory in 2007 when disputed results triggered bloody ethnic violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 were forced to flee their homes.

Kenyatta takes early lead in tense Kenya vote count

Kenya's deputy prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces an international crimes against humanity trial, took an initial lead in presidential elections Tuesday, the first since disputed polls five years ago sparked a wave of violence. Kenyatta edged ahead in partial results over rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who says he was robbed of victory in 2007 when disputed results triggered bloody ethnic violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 were forced to flee their homes.

Kenyatta takes early in tense Kenya vote count

Kenya's deputy prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces an international crimes against humanity trial, took an initial lead in presidential elections Tuesday, the first since disputed polls five years ago sparked a wave of violence. Kenyatta edged ahead in partial results over rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who says he was robbed of victory in 2007 when disputed results triggered bloody ethnic violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 were forced to flee their homes.

Raila Odinga: born into politics, set on Kenya's top job

At 68, Raila Odinga, son of Kenya's historical opposition leader, is having his third and likely final stab at Kenya's top job. The prime minister in the outgoing government, Odinga is a Luo from the western region of Nyanza who likes to say he was "born into politics" and claimed as he voted Monday that he could win outright in the first round of the key election.

Kenya's presidential race: a tale of two families

Kenya's top two presidential contenders will face off against each other in polls Monday for the first time, but bring with them a long history of rivalry from political dynasties dating back more than half a century. Uhuru Kenyatta, deputy prime minister and son of Kenya's first president, is neck-and-neck in opinion polls with Raila Odinga, prime minister and son of the first vice-president and later longtime opposition leader.

FACTBOX-Kenya's election and the main candidates

By James Macharia NAIROBI, March 1 (Reuters) - Kenya holds a presidential election on March 4, the first since a disputed 2007 vote that triggered politically-instigated ethnic killing across the nation and left at least 1,220 dead. The bloodbath damaged the image of the east African country of 40 million people, the region's biggest economy and a key ally in the U.S.-led war against militant Islam in the region.

Rights group cites 'vote-buying' in Kenya

* Kenyans vote in presidential, legislative elections * Voter bribery illegal under Kenyan law * Electoral body, judiciary give hope for peaceful vote By Richard Lough NAIROBI, March 1 (Reuters) - A Kenyan rights group said on Friday it had secretly filmed several politicians running in Monday's regional elections illegally handing out cash to would-be voters at rallies.
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