Kenya’s leader asks country to ‘shun violence’

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on Kenya’s presidential election (all times local):

11:10 p.m.

Kenya’s president is asking the country to “shun violence” as unrest erupts in some opposition areas after the country’s election commission announced he had won a second term.

Supporters of opposition candidate Raila Odinga have rejected the results but said challenging them in court is not an option. Odinga made a legal challenge after losing to Kenyatta in 2013, alleging vote-tampering, but was unsuccessful.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is asking the country to avoid the kind of violence that followed the 2007 election, when more than 1,000 people were killed.

“We have seen the results of political violence, and I am certain there is no single Kenyan who would wish to go back to those days,” Kenyatta says.


10:50 p.m.

An Associated Press witness and police are reporting gunshots and screams in at least two areas of Kenya where residents support opposition candidate Ralia Odinga.

They say the unrest broke out after Kenya’s election commission announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second term, defeating Odinga.

Gunshots have been reported in the Nairobi slum of Kibera and in the southwestern city of Kisumu. Youth are reported to be stoning cars in Kibera.

“There are gunshots all over; we don’t know how it will end but we are praying for peace,” Kisumu resident Lucas Odhiambo says. “There was peace but people started blowing vuvuzelas as soon as the results were announced and police moved in.”

The country has been concerned about the kind of post-election violence that rocked Kenya a decade ago and left more than 1,000 dead. The country has largely been peaceful since Tuesday’s election.


10:35 p.m.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is calling for unity after winning a second term and says “there is no need for violence.”

The election commission says Kenyatta won Tuesday’s election with 54.27 percent of the vote. Opposition leader Raila Odinga got 44.74 percent and has…

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