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Kenya Votes In Tight Race Between Raila And Ruto
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Kenya Votes In Tight Race Between Raila And Ruto

Polls opened Tuesday in an unusual presidential election in Kenya, where a longtime opposition leader who is backed by the outgoing president faces a deputy president who styles himself as an outsider.

Thousands of voters lined up hours ahead of polls opening in some locations.

East Africa’s economic hub could see a presidential run-off for the first time as the election is expected to be a close one.

Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, having served the constitutionally limited two terms, is backing one-time foe Raila Odinga, 77, to succeed him.

His decision followed a falling out with Deputy President William Ruto, 55, who had expected to be endorsed.

There are several other elections happening at the same time and a mix-up of ballot papers in some areas for some of those votes has again raised questions about the organisation of the general election.

 

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