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Kenyatta cleared to run in Kenya vote

Nairobi - Kenya's High Court on Friday cleared the way for Uhuru Kenyatta to run in March's presidential election, dismissing arguments that his looming trial on charges of crimes against humanity made him ineligible.

Kenyatta, a former finance minister and the son of the country's founding president, is one of four accused at the International Criminal Court of orchestrating tribal fighting that killed 1 200 people after the last vote in 2007.

Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta (L), who is also the Jubilee alliance presidential candidate (R), and his running mate former cabinet minister William Ruto wave to their supporters during a rally in Kenya's capital Nairobi in this January 12, 2013 file photo. Credit: REUTERS

He is running a close second to Prime Minister Raila Odinga according to opinion polls ahead of the March 4 election.

If Kenyatta wins, his first foreign trip as president could be to appear in the dock at the court in the Hague, at a hearing scheduled for April.

The High Court also cleared the way for his running mate William Ruto to stand in the vote, as part of their Jubilee coalition. Ruto is also facing charges at the ICC over the 2007 violence. Both men deny the charges.

The High Court ruled it did not have jurisdiction over the matter. - Reuters

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