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Friday 24 November 2017

Kenya avoids repeat of election bloodshed

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga addresses a news conference
Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga addresses a news conference

Strongholds of defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga were peaceful last night, apparently reflecting a desire by Kenyans to avoid a repeat of the bloodshed that followed the last election five years ago.

Odinga has refused to concede the election to rival Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) but said he would challenge the result in the courts and urged his supporters to refrain from the violence that convulsed Kenya when he lost in 2007. A smooth handover of power this time around is seen as critical to restoring Kenya's reputation as a stable democracy – an image that was shattered by the mayhem following the last election.

In Kisumu, the biggest city in Odinga's tribal heartland, business owners made plans for a full resumption of trading after many had run down stocks in the run-up to the vote because of fears of unrest and looting.

Irish Independent

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