Kenya Election: William Ruto defeats Raila Odinga, declared winner
Kenya Election: William Ruto defeats Raila Odinga, declared winner: William Ruto has defeated the incumbent President and his closest rival, Raila Odinga in the just concluded Kenya Elections. The President-elect has made a promise that he would run an all inclusive government that would involve “all leaders” in the country.
William Ruto won the race to be the fifth president of Kenya, according to results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Ruto polled 7,176,141 (50.49 percent) of the votes, narrowly beating his rival, Raila Odinga, who managed 6,942,930 votes (48.85 percent).
The declaration came after violence at the National Tallying Centre broke out after poll results were delayed for several hours.
Election commissioner ruling ‘invalid’: Odinga spokesman
Raila Odinga spokesman Makau Mutua described the electoral commission chairperson’s announcement as “invalid because he had no quorum of commissioners to hold a plenary and make such a weighty decision”.
Complainants have seven days to submit a petition to challenge the election result in the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, Odinga’s running mate Martha Karua, a former justice minister, tweeted: “It is not over until it is over.”
Fires on streets of Kibera as William Ruto declared winner
Tyres were set on fire and people came out onto the streets of Kibera on Monday as Kenya’s electoral commission declared Deputy President Ruto the winner of the much-anticipated presidential election.
Al Jazeera correspondent Eromo Egbejule said him, their fixer and another local journalist had to leave Kibera on a motorbike as a result of the unrest, with people cautioning them not to take certain routes as some protestors had started robbing at the scene.
Ruto defeated five-time contender Raila Odinga winning 7.1 million votes, while Odinga secured 6.9 million.
William Ruto praises election commission
President-elect William Ruto in his acceptance speech says “the hero” of the election was the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission or IEBC, praising the election commission for their conduct during the election.
“I say this with conviction that IEBC amazed all of us with results in public portal,” he added.
Kenya president-elect William Ruto pledges to work with ‘all leaders’
Kenya’s president-elect William Ruto has pledged to work with “all leaders” as he was declared winner of a closely-fought poll, attempting to ease tensions after the outcome sparked a split in the election commission and fears of violence.
“There is no room for vengeance,” Ruto said, adding, “I am acutely aware that our country is at a stage where we need all hands on deck.”
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