(ANSA) – WASHINGTON, AUG 16 – The United States urged Kenya to remain calm the day after the election of William Ruto as president. “We call on all parties to work together to peacefully resolve any election dispute through existing resolution mechanisms,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a press briefing. “We call on all political party leaders to continue to urge their supporters to remain peaceful and refrain from violence during the electoral process,” he stressed.
Ruto’s opponent, Raila Odinga, narrowly lost his fifth candidacy and branded the result of the August 9 vote as a “farce” by announcing that he will appeal. Shortly after the official announcement of the victory of the outgoing vice president, who obtained 50.49% of the votes, celebrations began in various parts of Kenya, while violent protests, with stones and burnt tires, instead took place in the suburbs of Nairobi and the counties bordering Lake Victoria, where Odinga comes from. (HANDLE).