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Odinga Rejects Kenya Election Outcome, Plans Legal Challenge

  • Ruto was declared president-elect with 50.5% support
  • Dispute, results delay poses a risk to political stability
Raila Odinga arrives at the Azimio La Umoja party headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on Aug. 16.

Raila Odinga arrives at the Azimio La Umoja party headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, on Aug. 16.

Photographer: Michele Spatari/Bloomberg
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Former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who narrowly lost last week’s presidential elections, rejected the official results, setting the stage for a protracted battle over control of East Africa’s biggest economy.

Odinga, 77, secured 48.9% of the valid votes cast on Aug. 9 -- his fifth unsuccessful run at the presidency. Deputy President William Ruto was declared the winner with 50.5% support.