War Crimes Suspect Wins Kenya Election
Uhuru Kenyatta is victor, but he faces international trial in July
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2013 6:27 PM CST
Uhuru Kenyatta gestures to voters after casting his vote on March 4 in the Kenya election.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

(Newser) – Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election, and he appears to have avoided a runoff by the slimmest of margins, reports Reuters. He needed to get 50% of the vote, and the nation's election commission says he got 50.03%. That translates to 4,099 votes out of 12.3 million cast, reports AP. If the decision stands—it's still unclear whether opponent Raila Odinga will challenge the results—Kenyatta will simultaneously have to govern the country and work on his defense on charges of crimes against humanity. He is due to face trial in July at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, reports the Voice of Russia.

Those charges stem from violence that erupted after the last presidential election in 2007. Kenyatta is among those accused of orchestrating mass killings and rapes that left more than 1,000 people dead after the disputed election. His running mate in this year's election, William Ruto, faces similar charges at the ICC.

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apocalypso
Mar 10, 2013 9:38 PM CDT
Interesting. I guess it's a matter of perspective...I wonder how many Africans would consider NATO and our own illustrious leaders to be "war crimes suspects". But it's gonna be hard to ask all the dead ones their opinion because they're, y'know, dead....
reallybig
Mar 10, 2013 9:28 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... Kenyan war crimes suspect Uhuru Kenyatta, wins Kenyan Presidential race .. and what goes untold .. is another Kenyan Obama, who commits war crimes and crimes against humanity .. by using drones to kill untold numerous innocent civilians .. and who was also .. elected President, of the United States. TRUTH BE TOLD ....................... REALLY
old_guy
Mar 9, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Could be a decedent. Jomo Kenyattapron. (1894 (?) – 22 August 1978) served as the first Prime Minister (1963–1964) and President (1964–1978) of Kenya. He is considered the founding father of the Kenyan nation.