Candidate facing International Criminal Court charges leads Kenyan elections

Early results show Prime Minister Raila Odinga trailing Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta by 13 percent

Published March 5, 2013 1:40PM (EST)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Election officials in Kenya are counting votes from the country's presidential election, and the candidate who faces charges at the International Criminal Court has taken an early lead.

With a third of the vote counted, early results Tuesday showed Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta leading Prime Minister Raila Odinga 54 percent to 41 percent. Few votes have been counted from Odinga's stronghold, the western city of Kisumu.

Long lines formed around the country Monday. Election officials estimate that turnout was about 70 percent. Attacks by separatists on the coast killed 19 people.

Kenyatta faces charges at the International Criminal Court on allegations he helped orchestrate post-election violence in 2007-08, when more than 1,000 people were killed.

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, was quiet Tuesday. No violence had been reported in the country.

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