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Kenya election determines country's fate

Ballot-counting is underway in Kenya's first election since a 2007 vote that was marked by ethnic violence. Although attacks against security forces marred the first few hours of the vote, it remained largely peaceful.

Polling clerks recording information on a pile of ballot boxes in Kenya

Polling clerks recording information on a pile of ballot boxes in Kenya

It was Kenya's first presidential election since the bloody post-vote violence in 2007. Back then, clashes between ethnic groups displaced some 600,000 people and left more than 1,100 dead.

During this election, Prime Minister Raila Odinga was in a neck-and-neck race against his deputy Uhuru Kenyatta as eight presidential hopefuls faced off. Although attacks against security forces cast a shadow over the first few hours of the vote, the election remained largely peaceful.

From social media initiatives to human rights tribunals, this important election is a reflection of Kenyans' hopes and fears about stabilizing their country for the future.

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