September 28, 2022

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Kenya’s presidential election has been won by Deputy President William Ruto, according to the chairman of the electoral commission.

He narrowly defeated his opponent, Raila Odinga, with 50.4% of the vote.

The announcement was postponed due to scuffles and allegations of vote rigging by Odinga campaign members.

Four of the seven members of the electoral commission refused to support the announcement, citing “opaque” results.

“We cannot take ownership of the result that is going to be announced because of the opaque nature of this last phase of the general election,” said Juliana Cherera, the vice-chairperson of Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“We are going to give a comprehensive statement… and again we urge Kenyans to keep calm.

“There is an open door that people can go to court and the rule of law will prevail,” she said.

Mr Ruto, 55, was running for president for the first time.

He has been deputy president for ten years but has had a falling out with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who has backed Mr Odinga to succeed him.

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