Odinga files challenge to Kenya election 2013 results

Kenya supporters of Prime Minister Raila OdingaKenya’s defeated presidential contender has filed a legal challenge to his election loss last week.

Raila Odinga filed the challenge Saturday in the capital, Nairobi, at the Supreme Court.

Earlier Saturday, police fired tear gas on crowds who gathered in Nairobi in support of Mr. Odinga, the outgoing prime minister.

His Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) has said it is confident Odinga will win the challenge.

Odinga has refused to accept the official election results, saying fraud was committed during the vote-counting.

The election commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of the election with 50.07 percent of the vote, just enough to avoid a runoff.

Local and international poll observer groups said the vote was peaceful and credible.

The vote was Kenya’s first nationwide ballot since the disputed 2007 election that led to weeks of ethnic violence and more than 1,100 deaths. The turmoil six years ago also displaced 600,000 people.

The International Criminal Court has indicted Mr. Kenyatta on charges of helping to orchestrate that violence. His trial at the ICC is due to begin in July. VOA

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