Williams Ruto declared winner of Kenya Presidential race

In this file photo taken on August 06, 2022 Kenya’s Deputy President and presidential candidate William Ruto of Kenya Kwanza (Kenya first) political party gestures during the rally on the final day of campaigning at the Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi ahead of Kenya’s general election scheduled for August 9, 2022. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

The head of Kenya’s election body on Monday declared Deputy President William Ruto the winner of the country’s close-fought presidential election, despite several commissioners rejecting the results.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) against 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga in the August 9 vote.

Ruto, in his acceptance speech, vowed to work with “all leaders”, 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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