One of presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s campaign team makes a phone call after another member of his team made allegations of electoral improprieties at a press conference held by the election commission chairman, at the National Election Center in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, March 8, 2013. Kenya faced a photo finish in its race for president on Friday as the last ballots were counted, with the leading candidate Uhuru Kenyatta seeing his percentage yo-yo around the crucial 50 percent mark. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya’s election commission posted complete results early Saturday showing that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta prevailed in the country’s presidential elections by the slimmest of margins, winning 50.03 percent of the vote.
That result is likely to bring controversy in Kenya and an almost certain legal challenge from Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Kenyatta needed to break the 50 percent barrier to avoid a run-off with Odinga, but he did so by only 4,099 votes out of more than 12.3 million cast.
Monday’s presidential vote was the first since Kenya’s 2007 election sparked two months of tribe-on-tribe violence after a disputed election win was claimed by President Mwai Kibaki. More than 1,000 people were killed in attacks that included machetes, bows and arrows and police firearms.
A win by Kenyatta could greatly affect Kenya’s relations with the West. Kenyatta faces charges at the International Criminal Court for his alleged role in directing some of Kenya’s 2007 postelection violence. His running mate, William Ruto, faces similar charges.
The U.S. has warned of “consequences” if Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding father, wins, as have several European countries. Britain, which ruled Kenya up until the early Login to read more