Kenya Dismisses Election-Rigging Allegations

    A supporter of losing presidential candidate Raila Odinga gestures as he protests with others in the rain in front of riot police guarding the Supreme Court in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, March 30, 2013. Kenya's Supreme Court on Saturday upheld the election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's next president, in a verdict on a petition by candidate Raila Odinga appealing the election result, ending an election season that riveted the nation amid fears of a repeat of the 2007-08 postelection violence. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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    Police braced for violent outbursts in Kenya on Saturday following officials’ decision to uphold the victory of newly elected President Uhuru Kenyatta. The decision negates claims that the narrow—and highly controversial—March election, in which Kenyatta won with only 50.3 percent of the vote, had been rigged. Regarded as a ruthless leader, the United States and other Western nations have openly expressed their disapproval for Kenyatta, who has been charged by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. In Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, angry citizens began smashing shop windows and yelling in the streets. A community activist, Kennedy Odede, described the fragile situation: “There’s no violence yet…there are police everywhere.”

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