William Ruto introduced as winner of Kenyan presidential election

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illiam Ruto has been declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election.

He narrowly beat his rival, Raila Odinga, taking 50.5% of the vote, based on the official outcomes.

The announcement was late as scuffles and allegations of vote-rigging by Odinga’s marketing campaign.

4 of the seven members of the electoral fee refused to endorse the end result, saying it was “opaque”.

Mr Odinga’s celebration agent earlier alleged that there have been “irregularities” and “mismanagement” within the election.

This was the primary time Mr Ruto, 55, had run for president however he has served as deputy president for 10 years. Nevertheless, he fell out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who backed Mr Odinga to succeed him.

The 77-year-old former prime minister, who acquired 48.8% of the vote, was operating for president for the fifth time.

Electoral fee chairman Wafula Chebukati stated: “We’ve got walked the journey of guaranteeing that Kenyans get a free, truthful and credible election. It has not been a straightforward journey – proper now two of my commissioners and the CEO are injured,” he stated.

President-elect Ruto thanked the electoral fee for overseeing the election.

He added: “It’s a great night… all sovereign energy belongs to the individuals of Kenya,” Mr Ruto stated, calling Mr Chebukati a “hero” and dismissing the opposite commissioners’ dissent of his win as “a facet present”.

To those that have finished many issues in opposition to us, I need to inform them there’s nothing to worry. There will probably be no vengeance. We should not have the luxurious to look again,” he added.

Celebrations have damaged out in a number of elements of the nation, together with in Mr Ruto’s strongholds of the Rift Valley, and that of his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, within the Central area.

Supporters of Mr Odinga have staged protests within the western metropolis of Kisumu and a few elements of Nairobi.

However typically there’s a way of reduction that the end result has lastly been declared as a result of the nation had floor right into a halt since election day on 9 August, financial actions had stalled and faculties stay closed.

Kenya’s historical past of disputed elections prior to now have led to violence or the entire course of election being cancelled.

Following the 2007 vote, not less than 1,200 individuals have been killed and 600,000 fled their houses following claims of a stolen election


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