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Kenya's president re-elected; opposition disputes results

Incumbent Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the country's Aug. 8 election, defeating opposition leader Raila Odinga, who has made claims of vote-rigging, the Associated Press reported.

Kenyatta was re-elected to a second term after obtaining 54.27% of the votes, ahead of Odinga's 44.74%, according to the report, which cited figures from the country's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.

The commission called the election "credible, fair and peaceful," while the opposition branded it a "charade" and a "disaster."

Police beefed up security in the streets of Nairobi, the capital city, in anticipation of possible violence. The country was calm this week, but people recalled the crisis following the 2007 election that left over 1,000 dead.

After Kenyatta was proclaimed the winner, there were reports of gunshots and screams in at least two areas where residents support Odinga, according to the Associated Press.

Kenyatta called for unity after his victory, saying "there is no need for violence." The president said he wanted to work with Odinga.