Kenya’s electoral commission announced Friday that the current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been re-elected, putting an official end to a fierce electoral contest that many fear could still be clouded by a dispute over the results.
Opposition candidate Raila Odinga, 72, has alleged that the results of Tuesday’s balloting were rigged and pledged not to accept them unless he was declared the winner. That stance has raised tensions, with Odinga’s followers burning tires in recent days in some of Nairobi’s slums and protesting in the western city of Kisumu.
Odinga’s campaign on Friday suggested a possible way out of the dispute, with officials saying they might accept the results if they were able to inspect the electoral commission’s computer servers. But for days, some of his most extreme supporters have promised to take to the streets if Kenyatta was announced the winner.According to the official results, Kenyatta received 54.2 percent of the votes to Odinga’s 44.7 percent.