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Kenyatta takes early lead in tense Kenya vote count NAIROBI: Kenya's deputy prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces an international crimes against humanity trial, took an initial lead in presidential elections Tuesday, the first since disputed polls five years ago sparked a wave of violence. Kenyatta edged ahead in partial results over rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who says he was robbed of victory in 2007 when disputed results triggered bloody ethnic violence in which more than 1,100 people were killed and 600,000 were forced to flee their homes. While millions of Kenyans turned out peacefully on Monday for the elections, how they react to the final results will be key to stability in the regional powerhouse. Voters stood for hours in long snaking lines several people thick outside polling stations to take part in one of the most complex elections Kenya has ever held. Some 40 percent of the almost 32,000 polling stations had sent partial results 24 ...

Egypt former presidential candidate party to contest polls CAIRO: Former presidential candidate Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh said Tuesday his party will contest Egypt's next parliamentary elections, boycotted by the main opposition coalition. The Strong Egypt Party is to field candidates in the staggered legislative polls which start on April 22. Abul Fotouh told reporters in Cairo he believed parties had to "stand up to authority" in order to avoid the monopolisation of power. A former member of President Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, Abul ...
DAR ES SALAAM: Tanzania is seeking a $100 million loan from the World Bank for emergency electricity generation after low water levels hurt output at hydropower stations in east Africa's second-biggest economy, a senior official said on Monday. State-run power monopoly TANESCO last year negotiated a syndicated loan of 408 billion shillings ($251 million) from a consortium of banks led by Citibank and has received part of the funds. The power utility is awaiting the ...
Crowds turn out for Egyptians killed in Port Said clashes CAIRO: Thousands took to the streets in the Egyptian canal city of Port Said on Monday for the funeral of three people killed in overnight clashes with police. "The interior ministry (officials) are cowards!" the angry mourners chanted and called on Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to "leave". Five people, including two policemen, were killed and hundreds were injured in the overnight fighting after authorities decided to move prisoners awaiting a verdict over alleged involvement in ...
At least 12 killed in Kenya coastal attacks: police NAIROBI: At least 12 people including six policemen were killed in clashes in Kenya's coastal region Monday, hours before polling stations opened in tense general elections, police said."Six policemen and six attackers were killed during the confrontation" in Mombasa, Kenyan police chief David Kimaiyo told reporters, adding that 400 officers were being sent to the coastal province to beef up securityCopyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Polls open in Kenya elections NAIROBI: Long lines of Kenyans queued from far before dawn as polls opened Monday for hard-fought elections, the first since bloody post-poll violence five years ago.Voters standing in line several hundreds of metres (feet) long -- and several people thick -- crowded outside polling stations including in the capital Nairobi, the port city of Mombasa and the western town of Kisumu, according to AFP reporters.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...
Egypt needs more compromise, Kerry tells Morsi CAIRO: US Secretary of State John Kerry told Egyptian President Morsi on Sunday that "more hard work and compromise" is needed to end the country's political divide and improve its faltering economy, a statement said. "It is clear that more hard work and compromise will be required to restore unity, political stability and economic health to Egypt," said the statement, after Kerry met Morsi in Cairo. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2013 ...


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