Kenyan protests against Kenyatta election victory turn deadly

As celebrations began in pro-government areas after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the victor of the presidential election, supporters of opposition leader Raila Odinga poured onto the streets in parts of Nairobi and Kisumu to protest the outcome.

Most of the country of 47 million people remained calm the day after the election commission announced that Kenyatta, whose father was Kenya's first president after independence from British colonial rule, had won a second five-year term.

The 72-year-old politician has now had four unsuccessful attempts to win the presidency.

The protest in opposition strongholds was a sharp contrast to the jubilation of Uhuru Kenyatta's supporters who were joined by others of the presidential coalition.

"The police have not used live bullets on any peaceful protesters", he said.

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People in downtown Nairobi, who have nearly stopped work for a week fearing violence and instability, said they wanted to move on now that the elections are over. "And I am certain that there is no single Kenyan who would wish for us to go back to this".

The election was a test of the stability of the East African economic power as many recalled the postelection bloodshed a decade ago that left more than 1,000 dead.

"In case of any disputes related to the official results delivered by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), we urge concerned parties to use the proper and legal channels provided by the Constitution of Kenya and the laws of Kenya", he said.

The incumbent President had appealed for peace after the result was declared Friday.

The election commission affirmed there was a hacking attempt but said it failed, and that Odinga's camp had no right to declare him the victor.

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It also said hacking claims by Nasa should be investigated.

On Saturday Kenya's main poll monitoring organisation, Elections Observation Group (ELOG), said it had found no evidence to suggest this week's election had been manipulated or that the result was inaccurate.

Several other people have been killed in clashes between police and rioters since Friday night, when Kenya's election commission announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta was the victor in Tuesday's vote.

Local government official Wilson Njega confirmed one person had been shot dead outside Kisumu in protests, while an AFP reporter saw three patients with gunshot wounds in the city's hospital.

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