Kenyan elections spark unrest


Protesters run away from tear gas in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008. Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons Thursday to beat back surging crowds of Kenyan protesters heeding an opposition call for a "million-man" rally that many fear could worsen the violence that has already killed 300 people and displaced 100,000.

The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 7:55 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2008 at 7:55 a.m.

NAIROBI, Kenya - Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons Thursday to beat back crowds heading for a banned rally to protest Kenya's disputed presidential election, and the attorney general called for an independent body to verify the vote tally.

Kenya's electoral commission said President Mwai Kibaki had won the Dec. 27 vote, but rival Raila Odinga alleged the vote was rigged. The dispute has triggered ethnic violence that killed 300 people and displaced 100,000 others.

Foreign observers have questioned the vote count, as has the chief of the nation's electoral commission.

"Because of the perception that the presidential results were rigged, it is necessary ... that a proper tally of the valid certificates returned and confirmed should be undertaken immediately" by an independent body, Attorney General Amos Wako said in a statement.

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