NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The National Rainbow Coalition decisively overcame the party of longtime Kenyan ruler Daniel arap Moi, from the presidency won by economist Mwai Kibaki to the Parliament where it more than doubled the seats of Moi's Kanu party, near-final vote counts showed Sunday.
Nairobi's Daily Nation newspaper showed Ibaki with 64% of the vote to 29% for his main political adversary Uhuru Kenyatta. Ibaki's opposition coalition claimed 108 seats in Parliament compared to 44 for Kanu.
The shift of power in Friday's vote was the country's first democratic transfer of leadership, coming after 24 years of Moi's autocratic rule during most of which Kanu was the only political party.
Moi had designated Uhuru as his party's flag bearer after choosing to adhere to the country's constitutional limit on his time in office -- although the suspicion was widespread Moi still intended to be the power behind the office.
The voting had been surprisingly peaceful with only a few scattered incidents.
The votes were being counted at the individual polling stations throughout the country, not in Nairobi as in the past. As regional choices for Parliament were determined, supporters of those swept in on Ibaki's coattails took to the streets in jubilant celebration.
Kibaki, 72, had lost two elections in the past decade when a divided opposition split the vote. He is a respected economist not linked to the widely perceived corruption entrenched in the capital at all levels of government.
Three other presidential candidates received negligible proportions of the total vote.
Kenyatta, 41, is a political novice who ran an unsuccessful race for parliament in 1997 and who was seen as a protege of Moi.
Both Kenyatta and Kibaki are from Kenya's largest tribe, the Kikuyu. But Kibaki successfully emphasized in his campaign an appeal to all tribes.
Kibaki had served as vice president under Kenya's first president, Jomo Kenyatta, Uhuru's father, but then formed his own political party in 1991.
Unhuru, as he is generally known, had tried in his campaign to distance himself from Moi and promised to attack corruption, painting Kibaki and his Narc party opposition coalition as one led by defectors from Moi's Kanu party, men who represented the worst of the old generation.
But Kibaki had the advantage of a political organization seasoned by the two prior election defeats that had learned to maintain issue discipline, remaining focused on the prize of the presidency.