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Kenya presidential election

CNC report from Nairobi
Added On March 9, 2013

 Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta has won the country's  highly contested presidential elections.

Provisional figures show the son of Kenya's founding president had polled 50.03% of the vote.

The election commission on Saturday said Kenyatta secured the victory over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who secured about 43 percent of the vote.

The first round win means Kenyans who waited five days for the result of the vote will not face a run-off that would have prolonged the uncertainty.

To secure an outright win, a candidate needed more than 50 percent of the votes.

Kenyatta achieved that by a margin of just 4,100 votes. About 12.3 million votes were cast.

The vote is the country's first election since 2007, when a previous vote was marred by widespread violence that left more than 1,000 people dead.

Kenyatta is facing charges of crimes against humanity in the Hague for alleged links to the violence.