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Kenya: Ruto elected president, but voting commission is divided

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NAIROBI – William Ruto has been announced as the fifth president of Kenya, but the climate is tense, because shortly before the announcement the Electoral Commission was divided on the outcome, with 4 out of 7 advisers saying that the presidential electoral process of the August 9 was “dull”.
Electoral Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto got nearly 7.2 million votes.
Vice-president of the government of the outgoing president Uhuru Kenyatta but a rival of his coalition, Ruto overtook the former opposition leader Raila Odinga with 50.49% of the preferences, supported by Kenyatta himself, who obtained 48.8%.
Odinga did not show up for the ceremony, marred by allegations of fraud by his coalition. The electoral commission itself split: 4 out of 7 members refused to accept the result.
Ruto has announced that he wants to work with “all the leaders” of the country. The statement comes shortly after the announcement of his presidential victory in the midst of tensions, after the electoral commission, just before the proclamation, split on the outcome of the face, with 4 out of 7 judges declaring the vote “opaque. “.
“There is no place for revenge” and “I am absolutely aware that at this point our country needs everyone’s collaboration”.

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