'Crimes against humanity' accused deputy PM Kenyatta wins Kenyan presidential polls
London, Mar 9 : Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces international charges of crimes against humanity, has won the presidential race in Kenya, according to Kenya's electoral commission.
Kenyatta had won the poll with a slim margin of 50.03% of the vote, securing a victory over his main rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who got 43.28% of the votes cast and is now widely expected to launch a legal challenge, Sky News reports.
The first round win, which is yet to be officially confirmed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission of Kenya, indicated that Kenyatta won by securing 4,099 votes out of 12.3 million cast.
Kenyatta faces charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his alleged role in directing some of Kenya's 2007 post-election violence, in which more than 1,000 people were killed and up to 600,000 forcibly evicted from their homes as a result of the disputed poll, where members of two rival tribes both claimed victory.
Meanwhile, ahead of the latest election results, US and several other European countries warned of dire consequences if Kenyatta became the president, the report added.