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Eight dead in the wake of Kenya election re-run

Kenya found itself in a dangerous limbo on Friday as violent protests rocked opposition strongholds a day after a deeply divisive election that has left eight people dead.

Plans to restage elections in the western Nyanza region where violence blocked voting on Thursday were again delayed as election chief Wafula Chebukati said he feared for the safety of his staff.

The worst crisis in Kenya in a decade, has cast a shadow over east Africa’s most stable democracy and economic powerhouse.

Two people were shot dead Friday as protests raged in western towns and clashes erupted in a Nairobi slum while election officials counted votes from a ballot set to hand President Uhuru Kenyatta a landslide win after a boycott by his rival Raila Odinga.

Third voted

Initial figures suggested only about a third of registered voters turned up, tarnishing the credibility of an election boycotted by  many of the 19.6 million registered voters.

In Nairobi’s Kawangware slum, one man was shot dead by police as clashes erupted between ethnic groups, police said.

A witness told AFP the violence started when a group of youths “started attacking people and questioning why people never voted”.

“That’s when an all-out war broke out,” said local resident Josphat Ochwaya, adding that the perpetrators fled when the police turned up, but continued hurling stones at each other and at the police, who opened fire, killing one.

Protesters erect a barrier in Nairobi's Kawangware slum during election protests.

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