- Title: Kenya's Kenyatta re-elected as president
- Date: 11th August 2017
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF KENYA, UHURU KENYATTA, SAYING: "I take this opportunity on my own behalf, behalf of my family, behalf of my deputy and his family, to take this opportunity first and foremost to thank God for the favour that he has shown us. Secondly, to thank the people of this great and wonderful Republic of Kenya for the confidence that they have shown in me, my administration." WHITE FLASH (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT OF KENYA, UHURU KENYATTA, SAYING: "To my, as I said, my worthy competitor, especially the Right Honourable Raila Amolo Odinga, I reach out to you. I reach out to all your supporters. I reach out to all who I elected and the now the opposition benches, we shall work together. We shall partner together. We shall grow together. We shall develop this country together. And we are there. We're ready to engage, to dialogue, to discourse together so that we can build this nation of ours together." KENYATTA AND VICE PRESIDENT WILLIAM RUTO ON STAGE TELEVISION SCREEN SHOWING KENYATTA ON STAGE KENYATTA SUPPORTERS WAVING FLAGS IN A ROOM PEOPLE DANCING AND CELEBRATING / WAVING FLAGS PEOPLE CHANTING AND RAISING HANDS IN CELEBRATION
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- Keywords: Kenyan election Kenyatta victory Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) election result
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0036TPRCCN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS WHITE FLASHES TO SEPARATE SOUNDBITES
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta secured a second term in office, the election commission announced on Friday (August 11), but the opposition rejected the result saying the process was undermined by fraud.
Kenyatta got 54.3 percent of Tuesday's (August 8) vote, ahead of rival Raila Odinga who secured 44.7 percent, according to figures released by election commission head Wafula Chebukati. Nearly 80 percent of the 19 million registered voters cast their ballots.
Speaking after the result was announced, Kenyatta offered an olive branch to the opposition, urging national unity and peace.
"I reach out to you, I reach out to all your supporters," Kenyatta said in comments directed at Odinga. "I reach out to all who I elected and the now the opposition benches, we shall work together," he said.
Odinga's camp has said figures released by the commission since Tuesday's vote were "fictitious" and that "confidential sources" within the commission had provided figures showing Odinga had a large lead in the race.
The election commission rejected the claims, pointing out they contained basic mathematical errors.
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