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Vice President Ruto scores narrow victory in Kenyan elections

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Ruto has obtained 50.49% of the votes, and a narrow advantage of 200,000 votes over his main opponent, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The elections have been marked by low turnout, and a tense six-day wait for the results to be announced.

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Until now Vice President of Kenya, William Ruthhas won the elections of the past day 9 when receiving 7.17 million votes (50.49%), according to the results published on Monday by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC). His main opponent, the former prime minister and leader of the opposition, Raila Odinga, obtained 48.85% of the vote (6.94 million votes), just over 200,000 votes less than Ruto.

Far behind, in third and fourth place in the presidential vote, were lawyers George Wajackoyah (nearly 62,000 votes) and David Mwaure (nearly 32,000).

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“In accordance with the Constitution and the law, the President of IEBC hereby declares that Ruto William Samoei has been duly elected President of the Republic of Kenya,” IEBC Electoral Commission President Wafula Chebukati announced at the complex. Bomas cultural center, where the national electoral counting center is located, about 10 kilometers from downtown Nairobi. The Commission has been late six days to report results.

Moments before the announcement there has been a Fight between various representatives of Odinga’s party who have prevented Chebukati from taking the podium. Finally, and after the intervention of the military, Chebukati has been able to make the declaration. Previously, four IEBC commissioners (made up of seven commissioners and the president) including its vice president, Juliana Cherera, have disassociated themselves from the election results, considering that the calculation had been carried out in an “opaque” manner.

The elections took place last Tuesday, August 9, on a day that was generally calm and that registered a turnout slightly above 65%.

Ruto (55 years old) aspired for the first time to the Presidency at the head of the Kenya Kwanza coalition (Kenya First, in Swahili), while Odinga (77) opted for the fifth time, this time with the support of the outgoing president, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Unless prevented by any possible judicial challenge to the results, Ruto will become the fifth president of the country since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1963 and will replace Uhuru Kenyatta, who leaves power after exhausting the second and last five-year term allowed by the Constitution.


Source: Eitb

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