The Electoral Commission Chairman announced that William Ruto had won with 50.49% of the vote

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Kenya Electoral Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati announced the victory of William Ruto in the presidential election with 50.49% of the vote, this Monday August 15 in Nairobi, despite four of the seven members rejecting the results, which he leads, including his deputy.

With six days to wait for results, is this the start of a political crisis? With just over seven million votes, outgoing Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto defeated his opponent, Raila Odinga, by 233,211 votes, a historic figure in the opposition who has the support of the outgoing head of state. Election Commission Chairman said that 48.85% votes have been registered.

Ambitious Mr. Ruto, 55, became, on paper, the first Kalenjin to be elected to power for two decades, the outgoing Mr. After two presidents from the Kikuyu community, including Kenyatta. He spent years campaigning as he seemed sidelined by an unlikely alliance between his president and a post-historic foe.

The newly announced winner, William Rudo, in a speech, promised to work with All leaders “Politics of Kenya, One Country” Transparent, open and democratic ». « There is no room for revenge “, he further declared himself.” With full consciousness “that country” At some point everyone needs a deck ».

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However, shortly before their actual announcement, the results were rejected by the majority members of the said Electoral Commission – four of the seven commissioners – including the Vice President, Juliana Serera, from a hotel in Nairobi, he said. couldn’t” Be responsible for the results announced “, because” Opacity of the process “, while calling Kenyans” peaceful ».

Juliana Serra, Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (IEBC).

People may go to court and for this reason we call on Kenyans to remain calm because the rule of law will prevail.

A country with less political stability than it appears

Presidential elections took place on August 9, generally peacefully, without Uhuru Kenyatta, who has been in power since 2013 and is not eligible to run for a third term. If he succeeds, his former running mate William Samoy Ruto will become the fifth head of state. Since 2002, all Kenyan presidential elections have been contested on the streets or in court. In the past, post-election violence has sometimes turned bloody.

from William Ruto’s Key Campaign Promises : Reducing food prices amid rising inflation. Another promise of the former vice president: employment, especially for the youth. ” We will develop our textile industry, copper, wood etc. and create enough employment opportunities He said earlier this month in Nyeri.

Earlier on Monday, the EC chairman had already tried to make his announcement for the first time but was prevented from doing so, leading to the official platform of the results collation centers being televised live. According to our correspondent in the Kenyan capital, Florence MorrisThe choir, which had been waiting for the public since morning, continued to sing and dance.

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