Constitution ignored, Odinga rejects the result of the presidential election in Kenya
Kenyan Raila Odinga on Tuesday rejected the August 9 presidential election results that handed victory to his rival, Vice President William Ruto.
“What we saw yesterday (Monday) was a travesty and blatant disregard for Kenya’s constitution,” Odinga told a news conference on Tuesday, a day after Kenya’s electoral body announced the results. , where Ruto was announced. winner, the France Media Agency reports.
However, on Monday, the head of Kenya’s electoral body declared Vice President William Ruto the winner of the country’s hotly contested presidential election. Indeed, several commissioners of the electoral body rejected the results.
Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto won nearly 7.18 million votes (50.49%) compared to 6.94 million (48.85%) according to Odinga in the August 9 elections.
Elections in Kenya have a history of political crises, with the opposition often contesting the results.
the punch reports that in January 2006, Ruto announced his first intention to run for president in Kenya’s 2007 general election. This would have been condemned by some of his colleagues, including former President Daniel Moi. However, upon the formation of the Cabinet in 2008 after election victory, amid heated political crises, by Mwai Kibaki, Ruto was appointed Minister of Agriculture.
Ruto was among those indicted to stand trial by the International Criminal Court for their involvement in the 2007/2008 political violence in Kenya.
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