Kenya's New President Gets Chilly Reception

8:52 PM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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Nairobi, Kenya -- Uhuru Kenyatta's apparent victory in Kenya's presidential election is getting a chilly reception.

The United States, Britain and the European Union all released statements congratulating the Kenyan people but none mentioned Kenyatta by name. Kenyatta has been accused by an international court of helping to orchestrate the vicious violence that killed more than 1,000 people after the nation's last vote.

His rival, says he will not concede defeat and plans to petition the result to Kenya's Supreme Court. Prime Minister Raila Odinga says "democracy is on trial" after the country's election process experienced multiple failures. Odinga spoke less than two hours after the country's election commission on Saturday named Kenyatta the winner of Monday's presidential election with 50.07 percent of the vote.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry sent a pointed message to Kenya's newly elected leader. He congratulated Kenyans for voting peacefully during Monday's presidential election but did not mention the winner in a statement today. Kerry says foremost for the U.S. is "to see the will of the Kenyan people expressed freely and fairly."

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