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Runner-Up in Kenyan Vote Files Lawsuit Challenging Outcome

  • Odinga won 48.9% of vote, Ruto 50.5%, official results show
  • Protracted wait for final vote outcome poses risk to stability
Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga

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Raila Odinga, who narrowly lost Kenya’s Aug. 9 presidential elections, filed a lawsuit challenging the outcome after alleging that the process had been marred by rigging and counting irregularities.

None of the candidates garnered the outright majority of valid votes cast needed for victory, according to a 72-page petition filed with the Supreme Court. Based on this and other grounds, Odinga asked the court to nullify the election results and order a fresh vote.