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Kenyan President-elect Promises Effort to Improve People's Lives

Kenya's President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta attends a church service Mar. 31, 2013 at St Austin catholic church in Lavingtone, Nairobi.Kenya's President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta attends a church service Mar. 31, 2013 at St Austin catholic church in Lavingtone, Nairobi.
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Kenya's President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta attends a church service Mar. 31, 2013 at St Austin catholic church in Lavingtone, Nairobi.
Kenya's President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta attends a church service Mar. 31, 2013 at St Austin catholic church in Lavingtone, Nairobi.
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Kenya's President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, who defeated Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the March 4th election, has promised to work to improve the lives of the Kenyan people.
 
Kenyatta addressed a church congregation in Nairobi during Easter Sunday service.
 
"Mine is to promise you that on behalf of myself and my team we have rededicated ourselves committed to God and the people of Kenya to do everything that we can to ensure that we change the lives of Kenyans for the better," he said. 
 
He spoke amid tight security in the capital Nairobi and in the lakeside city of Kisumu where post-election violence killed at least two people since Saturday.  Several other people were wounded in Kisumu, Odinga's home region.
 
Odinga supporters in Kisumu were protesting the Supreme Court ruling upholding the election of Kenyatta as president.  
 
Odinga had challenged results of the March 4 poll, but the high court ruled Saturday that Mr. Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, were legally elected.
 
Odinga said he would respect the court's decision. 
 
The swearing in ceremony is set for April 9.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama issued a statement Saturday congratulating Kenyatta on his election.  He also congratulated Odinga and the Kenyan people for accepting the court's decision. 
 
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commended the two opponents in phone conversations with each man, lauding them and the country on the peaceful and credible election. 
 
Outside the court in Nairobi Saturday,  police fired tear gas at a group of angry Odinga supporters who rallied against the ruling.  
 
Kenya's electoral commission originally said Kenyatta won the election outright, with just over 50 percent of the ballots in first-round voting. However, Odinga contended that vote totals from some polling stations had been altered. 
 
A civil society group said the commission announced Mr. Kenyatta's election before it had finished a complete vote count.
 
Ethnic violence sparked by a disputed presidential vote in 2007 killed more than 1,100 people and displaced 600,000 others in Kenya. 
 
Kenyatta still faces charges that he helped organize that violence. Proceedings before the International Criminal Court in The Hague have been delayed until later this year.

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