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Kenya vote count continues in tight race for president

Wednesday August 10, 2022

Votes are being counted in Kenya where a new president is being chosen to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta.

Polling day was largely peaceful, but turnout was low, amid voter apathy and frustration over rising food prices, corruption and fears of violence.

The electoral commission estimated turnout at around 60%, well short of the 80% seen at the last election five years ago.

Kenyans are eagerly waiting to find out if the next leader is the former prime minister, Raila Odinga, who's backed by Mr Kenyatta, or the vice president, William Ruto.

People have also been electing county governors and MPs.

Official results are not expected for several days. A tight race is predicted.


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