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Kenyatta follows father to Kenya's top job

By James Macharia NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's new president, Uhuru Kenyatta, the wealthy son of the nation's independence hero, brushed off international charges of crimes against humanity to present himself as a statesman with the economic skills to help ordinary citizens. Backed by voters from Kenya's biggest tribe, the Kikuyu, in a nation where ethnic loyalties trump ideology at the ballot box, the 51-year-old listed as Kenya's richest man took the oath of office on Tuesday.

Celebrations for new Kenya leader Uhuru Kenyatta

Thousands of Kenyans gathered singing and dancing Tuesday for the swearing-in ceremony of their new leader Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's first president and who faces an international crimes against humanity trial. Regional leaders and foreign diplomats are expected to arrive from 0800 GMT at Kenya's national football stadium, with musicians, dancers and a military parade entertaining an estimated 60,000 people.

President Jacob will attend inauguration of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, presidency says

President Jacob Zuma will attend the inauguration of incoming Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Presidency said today.The inauguration was set to take place on Tuesday, his spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.Kenyatta won Kenya's Presidential elections last month.Kenyatta was proclaimed winner of the poll on March 4, but his rival Raila Odinga challenged the result in the Supreme Court.In their ruling, six Supreme Court judges upheld Kenyatta's victory and said the election had been conducted in a ‘free, fair, transparent and credible manner.’Odi

Kenya swears in president, West faces balancing act

By Duncan Miriri and Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as Kenyan president on Tuesday, presenting Western states with the challenge of how to deal with a leader indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Cheered by tens of thousands of people at the ceremony, Uganda's president praised Kenyans for rejecting what he called the court's bid to sway the vote by "blackmail", a reflection of the distrust or resentment of the court felt by many Africans.

Kenya's new president to keep good relations with West

Despite a looming international trial for crimes against humanity, Kenya's new leader Uhuru Kenyatta will maintain the country's close relations with the West, analysts say, calming fears his rule could see a breach in ties. Kenyatta, son of Kenya's founding president and one of Africa's richest men -- who will be sworn into office on Tuesday -- used anti-Western rhetoric in campaigns ahead of last month's elections.

Kenya Supreme Court upholds election of Kenyatta sparking clashes

Kenya's Supreme Court on Saturday upheld Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential election victory, throwing out a petition over irregularities brought by his rival Raila Odinga, who conceded defeat for the sake of national unity. Clashes immediately erupted between youths and the police in Kisumu, the biggest town in Odinga's western region stronghold, leaving at least two people with gunshot wounds, an AFP reporter said.

Uhuru Kenyatta: following in his father's footsteps

Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding president, takes up his father's mantle to become head of state despite facing charges of crimes against humanity over election violence five years ago. Uhuru, meaning "freedom", and Kenyatta, the "light of Kenya" in Swahili, carries his country's aspirations in his name, but brings with him controversy. Kenyatta, 51, and running mate William Ruto face trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity over their alleged role in having orchestrated 2007-08 post-election unrest.

Kenyatta follows father to win Kenya's top job

By James Macharia NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, the wealthy son of the country's independence hero, brushed off international charges of crimes against humanity to present himself as a statesman with the economic skills to help ordinary citizens. Backed by voters from Kenya's biggest tribe, the Kikuyu, in a nation where ethnic loyalties trump ideology at the ballot box, the 51-year-old listed as Kenya's richest man had his win confirmed by the Supreme Court on Saturday after a legal challenge.

Kenya mostly calm after vote ruling; minor clashes in west

By Edmund Blair and Hezron Ochiel NAIROBI/KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan police clashed on Sunday with a few dozen protesters angry at a court's confirmation of Uhuru Kenyatta as president-elect, but the unrest was minor compared with the nationwide bloodshed after the last disputed election.

Kenyans urged to stay calm over vote ruling

By Edmund Blair NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's outgoing president called for his nation to stay calm when a court rules on Saturday on a legal challenge over the presidential election result, seeking to avoid a repeat of the tribal bloodbath that followed a disputed vote five years ago. Orderly voting on March 4 after which Uhuru Kenyatta was declared victor has gone a long way to restoring Kenya's image as one of Africa's more stable democracies. And this time round, a row over the result has played out in court not the street.
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