28 November 2017

Kenyatta Begins New Term as Police Scuffles with Supporters, Opposition

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn-in for a new term Tuesday following a divisive election campaign that included the country's top court throwing out the results of one vote and an opposition boycott.

A crowd of 60,000 people packed Nairobi's Kasarani Stadium for the ceremony. Before it began, police fired tear gas to try to control the large crowd gathered outside as people attempted to force their way into the venue.

At the same time, police also used tear gas in another part of the capital where supporters of opposition candidate Raila Odinga planned to hold a memorial rally to honor those killed in confrontations with security forces during the election period.

Kenyatta initially won an August election, but the Supreme Court threw out the results because of irregularities in the transmission of results.

Odinga dropped out of the re-run of the vote held in August and called on his supporters to boycott what he said was a sham election. Kenyatta won about 98 percent of the new vote, and last week the Supreme Court validated those results.


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