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NAIROBI — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election was made official on Friday after a contested, high-stakes race, giving him a final five-year term in office.. The incumbent leader earned 8,203,290 million votes compared to 6,762,224 million for opposition candidate Raila Odinga, according to the country’s election commission.
Kenyatta, who belongs to the Jubilee Party, is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, who served as the first president of Kenya after the country gained independence from Great Britain in 1963. The 55-year-old campaigned for his second term on promises to create jobs, improve the health care system, and make secondary school free for Kenyans.
In his victory speech, the president-elect thanked his supporters and congratulated his competition.
"To our brothers who were worthy competitors, we are not enemies. We are citizens of one republic. As with any competition, there shall always be winners, and there shall always be losers," he s..