News Wrap: Kenyan president wins second term amid election tensions


Watch Video | Listen to the Audio

JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: Kenya’s election commission says that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won a second term. It follows days of protests by backers of opposition leader Raila Odinga, who claimed that the vote was rigged.

The commission said Kenyatta won 54 percent of the vote, which it called credible and fair.

Afterwards, Kenyatta spoke in Nairobi and appealed for unity.

PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA, Kenya: To my worthy competitor, especially the Honorable Raila Odinga, I reach out to you. I reach out to all your supporters. I reach out to all who are elected or are now the opposition ventures. We shall work together.

JUDY WOODRUFF: But just minutes after the results were announced, there were reports of protesters clashing with police in opposition strongholds. Witnesses say they heard gunshots and screaming.

At least 43 people are dead after two passenger trains collided in Egypt today. It happened just outside the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, and is the country’s deadliest rail accident in over a decade. More than 120 people were injured. A train traveling to Cairo crashed into the back of another train, which was waiting at a station. It’s not clear what caused the accident.

In Venezuela, embattled President Nicolas Maduro now says that he wants a meeting with President Trump. It comes amid the country’s deepening political crisis and after the U.S. sanctioned the socialist leader and his allies. Maduro spoke before members of the new all-powerful Constitutional Assembly, and called for something to be arranged.

PRESIDENT NICOLAS MADURO, Venezuela (through interpreter): Initiate negotiations, so I can have a personal conversation with Donald Trump. If you are so interested in Venezuela, here I am. Here is the chief of your interest, Nicolas Maduro, constitutional president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Mr. Donald Trump, here is my hand.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Maduro suggested the two could meet at next month’s United Nations General Assembly. But in the same speech, Maduro ranted against President Trump, calling him — quote — “an emperor.”

And late today, Peru expelled Venezuela’s ambassador to protest what it sees as a power grab by Maduro.

The head of the Senate Judiciary Committee said that he no longer expects an imminent vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. There had been speculation in recent months that 81-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy was considering retirement. But Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, whose committee handles court nominees, said today — quote — “Evidently, that is not going to happen.”

There is word that congressional investigators now want to question President Trump’s longtime personal secretary. ABC News reports that it is part of the probe into last year’s meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer. The assistant, Rhona Graff, was mentioned in an e-mail exchange between Donald Trump Jr. and a British publicist who helped set up the meeting.

On Wall Street today, stocks turned slightly higher, after days of jitters over North Korea. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 14 points to close at 21858. The Nasdaq rose 39. And the S&P 500 added three. For the week, the Dow lost about 1 percent. The Nasdaq and the S&P dropped about 1.5 percent.

The post News Wrap: Kenyan president wins second term amid election tensions appeared first on PBS NewsHour.