Kenya: Jubilation after slimmest of election leads

Associated Press
Supporters of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta celebrate what they perceive is an election win for him in Kawangware, Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, March 9, 2013. Kenya's election commission posted complete results early Saturday showing that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta prevailed in the country's presidential elections by the slimmest of margins, winning 50.03 percent of the vote.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
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Supporters of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta celebrate what they perceive is an election win for him in Kawangware, Nairobi, Kenya Saturday, March 9, 2013. Kenya's election commission posted complete results early Saturday showing that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta prevailed in the country's presidential elections by the slimmest of margins, winning 50.03 percent of the vote.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's electoral commission is preparing to announce the final results of the nation's presidential election Saturday after a final tally showed Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta with the barest of majorities.

Final numbers showed Kenyatta with 50.03 percent of the vote. Kenyatta needs more than 50 percent to win outright and avoid a runoff with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who had 43.3 percent.

Eliud Owalo, Odinga's chief campaign manager, said the prime minister would not concede defeat "because the process was fraudulent."

Though Kenyatta appears to have just barely squeaked by the 50 percent hurdle, he solidly beat Odinga, one of eight candidates.

That fact may help prevent the violence that exploded in Kenya after its last presidential vote, in 2007, when more than 1,000 people were killed.

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