Court backs Kenyan election

The Kenyan Supreme Court has rejected challenges to the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the recent Presidential election. Opposition leaders have appealed for calm after police fired tear gas to disperse angry crowds.

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New Kenya president tells the country: I will deliver

Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged that he "will deliver" after it was confirmed he would be installed as the country's new president on April 9.

Violence has erupted after the Supreme Court threw out a legal challenge by the defeated Raila Odinga.

David Cameron has appealed for calm in the country.

Defeated candidate wishes Kenya's president well

Defeated Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga has wished the country's new president and his team well after the Supreme Court threw out his challenge against rival Uhuru Kenyatta.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Odinga said the court process "is yet another milestone on our road towards democracy for which we have fought for so long":

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Kenyatta could still face trial at Hague

Uhuru Kenyatta will be installed as Kenya's new President on April 9th after the Supreme Court rejected opposition arguments against his recent election.

This will make him the second sitting president in Africa to face charges at the International Criminal Court.

Kenyatta and Deputy President-elect William Ruto deny charges that they helped to orchestrate post election violence in 2007-2008 which killed more than 1,200 people.

Ruto's trial is due to begin in late May while Kenyatta has agreed to report to the Hague in July.

David Cameron appeals for calm in Kenya

Riot police fire tear-gas to disperse supporters of the defeated Presidential candidate Raila Odinga Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

David Cameron has appealed for calm in Kenya after the country's Supreme Court upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as President.

Downing Street has confirmed that the Prime Minister has written to Mr Kenyatta congratulating him for the largely peaceful election.

Opposition supporters were dispersed by police outside the Supreme Court earlier today. Violence following the election in 2007 killed more than 1,200 people following a disputed result.

Presidential contender accepts defeat in Kenya

The defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga has accepted defeat after the country's Supreme Court threw out his challenge against the victory of rival Uhuru Kenyatta.

Police have fired tear gas at supporters of Mr Odinga who took to the streets of the western city of Kisumu after the result was announced.

Mr Odinga said that he would respect the Supreme Court decision and appealed to his supporters to maintain the peace.

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Protests erupt after Kenyan election results

Demonstrations have erupted in Kenya after International Criminal Court-indicted Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election with 50.07% of ballots.

Riot police charge towards demonstrators as tension arises after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya
Demonstrators chant slogans as tension arises after Uhuru Kenyatta was declared winner. Credit: Reuters/Thomas Mukoya

UK's Africa Minister urges restraint after Kenya election

Africa Minister Mark Simmonds said today the UK "greatly values its deep and historic partnership" with Kenya, after the Kenya vote commission confirmed Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of Presidential vote.

Mr Simmonds said that the UK will continue to work with the nation, and that rivals in the election must accept defeat or take their challenge to court. He urged all sides to "show patience and restraint". Mr Simmonds said:

I congratulate the Kenyan people for the peaceful and determined spirit in which Monday's elections were conducted.

I urge all sides to show patience and restraint, to accept defeat or take any disputes to the courts. I am confident that any disputes will be dealt with by the courts swiftly and fairly.

I appeal to all parties to maintain the same peaceful and democratic spirit that we have witnessed so far.

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