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US urges calm after Kenya vote

Soldiers watch supporters of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta celebrate Kenyatta's win, March 9, 2013, Kenya
Soldiers watch supporters of Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta celebrate Kenyatta's win in Kenya's national elections at the Catholic University where Kenyatta gave his acceptance speech on March 9, 2013. The United States appealed for calm aft

The United States on Saturday appealed to Kenyans for calm after their disputed presidential election won by Uhuru Kenyatta.

"We strongly urge all parties and their supporters to peacefully address any disputes with today's announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission through the Kenyan legal system, rather than on the streets," said Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement.

Deadly violence erupted after disputed elections in 2007 in Kenya, shattering the country's image as a beacon of regional stability.

Outgoing prime minister Raila Odinga was beaten by Kenyatta in the current election, but said his party would contest the results in court, alleging "massive tampering" of the vote.

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