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Kenyatta Sworn  in for Disputed 2nd Term
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Kenyatta Sworn in for Disputed 2nd Term

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in Tuesday for a second term as police fired teargas to disperse angry opposition supporters, in what many hope is the closing act of a grueling and divisive election drama.The pomp and ceremony ended with a 21-gun salute but was overshadowed by chaos in another part of Nairobi, where police engaged in running battles with opposition supporters trying to gather for a rally, AFP reported. Opposition leader Raila Odinga was meant to attend the “memorial rally” to honor more than 50 people killed, mostly by police, in four months of political upheaval. But police kept the planned venue strictly sealed off. Chaos also marked the start of the swearing-in ceremony at the 60,000-seat Kasarani stadium, as Kenyatta supporters attempted to force their way into the venue, prompting police to fire tear gas while officers on horseback struggled to curb the flow of people. Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto took the oath of office in front of some 13 mostly African heads of state.

 

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