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Kenya's frozen elections

Men rests next to an iron sheet wall plastered with campaign posters of various candidates in Kibera slum in capital Nairobi/Photo©ReutersEmblazoned on a giant screen in the centre of Kenya's heavily guarded vote counting centre just outside Nairobi, Wednesday evening, are the results of the presidential election: 53.7 percent or 2.8 million votes for deputy prime minister Uhuru Kenyatta and 42.06 percent or 2.2mn for prime minister Raila Odinga.

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Only "friendly countries" to monitor Zimbabwe election

President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF party says western observers will not be allowed to observe Zimbabwe's elections, in retaliation to sanctions imposed on the country.

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Kenya: The UhuRuto question

Uhuru Kenyatta (L) William Ruto (R) Photo©ReutersUhuru Kenyatta's unlikely pairing with William Ruto, the popular defiance of their presidential campaign in the face of charges for crimes against humanity at The Hague, and the duo staring down Western diplomats and the Kenyan judiciary, are perhaps collectively the story of the March 2013 Kenyan elections.

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Can Kenya's judiciary and electoral commission pull it off?

Biometric voting registration was squeezed into one month but still completed ahead of elections/Photo©©CARL DE SOUZA/AFPThe judiciary and electoral commission say they are prepared for the 4 March vote and will not repeat the mistakes of the contested December 2007 polls.

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Kenya: 50 years on - The Odinga-Kenyatta rematch

Ex Vice-president Jaramogo Oginga Odinga (L) Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president/Photo©JA-SIPAKenya's 2013 election contest between Raila Odinga, 68, and Uhuru Kenyatta, 51, repeats their fathers' political rivalry 50 years ago.

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Kenya's presidential candidates and the ICC

Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and William Ruto ® say they will negotiate ICC dates so that they can run the country on a rotational basis/Photo©ReutersKenya's two main presidential candidates, Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta say they will co-operate with the ICC. Odinga has been accused of flip-flopping on the ICC question. Kenyatta, on the other hand, could risk a weakened presidency if indicted by the ICC as a sitting president.

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Kenya elections: Security takes a backseat

Kenyan troop stand guard at the Garrisa airstrip near the Somali-Kenyan border October 18, 2011/Photo©ReutersTackling terrorism is among Kenya's top election discourse, and so are police reforms. The scale of the country's security issues, however, is seemingly on the candidates' blind side.

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