NAIROBI, Kenya – The electoral commission has declared that Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki won Thursday’s contested election, amid accusations by opposition leader Raila Odinga that Mr. Kibaki used electoral fraud to win. Opposition protesters in Nairobi began riots minutes after the announcement. Mr. Kibaki won with 4,584,721 votes, more than 230,000 more than Mr. Odinga.
President Kibaki was sworn in for his second five-year term an hour after the announcement was made. He described the election as “free and fair” and urged all political parties to “accept the verdict of the people.”
At least 14 people have died in the Nairobi rioting since the vote on Thursday. The electoral commission suspended announcing the results until Sunday, promising to look into the allegations of fraud.
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BBC News – Kibaki named victor in Kenya vote – 30 December 2007
AP – Kenya Candidate Claims Rigging in Vote – 30 December 2007
Reuters – Kibaki wins Kenya vote, protests erupt – 30 December 2007