Kenya holds 1st presidential debate

Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister and Jubilee Coalition party

Kenya's Deputy Prime Minister and Jubilee Coalition party presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta, left, listens to his running mate, William Ruto, during a press conference. (Feb. 5, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

NAIROBI, Kenya - A top candidate insisted during Kenya's first presidential debate that the crimes against humanity charges he faces at the International Criminal Court won't hinder him from running the country.

The charges against Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his running mate William Ruto relate to violence that killed more than 1,000 people after the last elections in 2007.

Kenya's next presidential election is set for March 4.

All eight presidential candidates cleared by Kenya's electoral authority were present during Monday's live debate, which was widely aired.

Kenyatta was asked about his ability to run the country despite facing the charges by the debate's moderators. An audience of about 200 people also participated in questioning the candidates.

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