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Kenya's new leader to work with rivals, global community

Uhuru Kenyatta narrowly won Kenya's presidential election Saturday, urging calm and pledging to work with rivals and cooperate with the international community. Kenyatta, son of Kenya's founding president and one of Africa's richest men who is also facing an international crimes against humanity trial, scraped by with 50.07 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff against his closest rival Raila Odinga. However Odinga, the outgoing prime minister, said he would contest the results in court, raising tensions following the key poll.

UPDATE 1-Kenya's Odinga says to challenge election result in court

(Adds details) NAIROBI, March 9 (Reuters) - Kenya's defeated presidential contender Raila Odinga rejected the election outcome on Saturday and said he would challenge it in court, but called on his supporters to avoid violence. His rival Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for crimes against humanity, was declared winner of the election with a tiny margin, just enough to avoid a run-off.

Kenya's Odinga to contest vote result, appeals for peace

Raila Odinga, beaten by Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya's presidential election, said Saturday his party would contest the results in court, alleging "massive tampering" of the March 4 vote. But the outgoing prime minister also called for all Kenyans to respect the rule of law and to look upon each other as brothers and sisters. "Any violence now could destroy the country forever, and that would not serve anyone's interests," Odinga said.

Uhuru Kenyatta elected Kenyan president

Uhuru Kenyatta narrowly won Kenya's presidential election, provisional results showed on Saturday, but his main rival refused to concede, raising tensions following the key poll. Kenyatta, son of Kenya's founding president and one of Africa's richest men who faces an international crimes against humanity trial, narrowly got enough votes to avoid a second round runoff against arch-rival Raila Odinga. But while Kenyatta supporters danced in the streets after the provisional results were unveiled, followers of Odinga seethed.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Kenya's Odinga not conceding defeat: advisor

Raila Odinga is not conceding defeat in Kenya's presidential elections, a senior advisor said on Saturday, hours after provisional results showed the outgoing prime minister losing the key race to arch-rival Uhuru Kenyatta. "The prime minister is not conceding, because this election was flawed," said Salim Lone, hours after the provisional results showed Odinga trailing in second place with 43.28 percent of the vote. mom-pjm/yad

UPDATE 1-Kenyan PM Odinga will not concede presidential election

(Adds details, background) NAIROBI, March 9 (Reuters) - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga will not concede this week's election and will launch a legal challenge if rival Uhuru Kenyatta is officially declared president, an adviser said on Saturday. Provisional results released in the early hours of Saturday handed Kenyatta a slim outright win with 50.03 percent of the vote. But Odinga's camp had said during tallying that the ballot count was deeply flawed and had called for it to be halted.

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.

Running mate for Kenya's Odinga wants vote count stopped

NAIROBI, March 7 (Reuters) - The running mate of one of Kenya's two front-runners in a presidential vote said on Thursday the ballot count lacked integrity and should stop, comments that could inflame a largely peaceful election so far. "We as a coalition take the position the national vote tallying process lacks integrity and has to be stopped," said Kalonzo Musyoka, running beside Prime Minister Raila Odinga. "We have evidence the results we are receiving have been doctored."

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.

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

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