Trump congratulates Kenyan president on election

2017-08-15 14:49
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during presidential election in Gatundu, Kiambu county. (AFP)

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks to the media after voting at a polling station during presidential election in Gatundu, Kiambu county. (AFP)

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WATCH: Kenya's post-election death toll

2017-08-15 10:58

The presidential elections in Kenya sparked great tensions among its people, resulting in gross human violations by the police, according to the Kenyan Human Rights Commission. Watch for more. WATCH

Nairobi - United States President Donald Trump has congratulated Kenya's president on his re-election and the country for conducting "a peaceful, fair, and transparent contest".

Trump praised Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on his win to a second term, despite opposition leader Raila Odinga's allegation that the results were fraudulent.

A statement from the office of the White House press secretary said Tuesday the US government is troubled by reports that demonstrations opposing Kenyatta's win have turned violent and urged Kenyans to resolve disputes lawfully.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights said at least 24 people have been shot dead by police in protests rejecting the result of the presidential elections since the August 8 vote. Kenya police claim that 10 people have been killed and said nearly all were committing crimes.


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