Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta urged for calm and respect of the Supreme Court's ruling that nullified his victory in Kenya's recent presidential election. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta called for calm and respect after a Supreme Court ruling on Friday (September 1) nullified his election and ordered a new poll within 60 days. The decision to cancel the result sets up a new race for the presidency between Kenyatta, 55, and veteran opponent Raila Odinga, 72. Experts said the judgement would reverberate across a continent that is slowly moving away from a history of strongmen and towards democracy. In a televised address to the nation, Kenyatta, whose deputy William Ruto stood next to him, said he respected the decision even though he disagreed with it. Kenya, a U.S. ally in the fight against Islamists and East Africa's biggest economy, is a trade gateway for the region. But it has a history of disputed votes, which can send shockwaves through the region and beyond.