UN chief congratulates Kenyans on peaceful presidential elections
UNITED NATIONS, Mar 09, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-
moon on Saturday congratulated the Kenyan people on the peaceful
presidential polls, saying Kenyans are depending on "wise and
"The Secretary-General has noted the results of Kenya's
presidential election announced today by the Independent Electoral
and Boundaries Commission (IEBC)," said a statement issued here by
Kenya's electoral body on Saturday declared Uhuru Kenyatta as
the President of the Republic of Kenya after he gained 6.17
million votes to beat his closest challenger Raila Odinga in the
historic elections held on March 4, the very first to be organized
under Kenya's 2010 Constitution.
Ban congratulated the people of Kenya for their "impressive
determination to participate peacefully in the elections, and for
the patience they have demonstrated while awaiting the results,"
the statement said.
Spoken by phone on Friday with Kenyatta and Odinga, the UN
chief reiterated his call for both leaders to "send clear messages
of calm to their supporters" and reminded them of the commitments
they have made throughout this process to "channel any electoral
grievances through the established legal avenues," according to
Ban also welcomed the measured statements both have made since
the announcement of results.
"Kenyans are depending at this time on wise and responsible
leadership," he said.
The March 4 polls were the very first to be held since the
2007/ 2008 post election violence, when, within a 7-week period
following the polls, and as a direct consequence of the contested
results, thousands of civilians became victims of serious crimes,
including killings, sexual and gender based violence, forced
internal displacements and destruction of properties.
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