Kenya: Supreme Court confirms Ruto’s presidential victory

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld the August 9 presidential election and the victory of incumbent Vice President William Ruto, its President, Martha Koome, announced on Monday.

The Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the appeal of defeated opposition candidate Raila Odinga is final.

William Ruto was declared the winner of the Kenyan presidential election by a narrow margin in mid-August by the president of the electoral commission, despite the divisions within this body, of which four of the seven members disavowed the announced result.

The defeated opposition candidate, Raila Odinga, who was running for president for the fifth time and enjoyed the support of outgoing head of state Uhuru Kenyatta, denounced massive fraud and seized the Supreme Court, while calling on his quiet supporters.

Post-election violence left nearly a hundred dead in 2017, during the previous presidential election.

The Supreme Court of Kenya then annulled the results of the summer election which had seen the victory of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta against opponent Raila Odinga, citing fraud and irregularities.

Uhuru Kenyatta emerged victorious from a second ballot organized in the fall and boycotted by Raila Odinga.

(Report George Obulutsa, James Macharia Chege and Aaron Ross; French version Myriam Rivet, edited by Sophie Louet)


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