Kenyan Presidential candidate, William Ruto, has won the race to be the fifth president of the East African nation, on his fifth attempt.
According to results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on Monday, August 15. Deputy President William Ruto won Kenya’s presidential vote, and the election commission and is now the new leader of the region’s richest and most stable nation.
The announcement was delayed amid allegations of vote-rigging by Odinga’s campaign. He narrowly beat his rival, Raila Odinga, taking 50.4% of the vote.
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 per cent) in the August 9 vote, against 6.94 million (48.85 per cent) for his rival Raila Odinga.
“I stand before you despite intimidation and harassment. I have done my duty according to the laws of the land,” Chebukati said. “In accordance with the law, I… hereby declare that Ruto William Samoei has been duly elected as the president.”
Shortly before William Ruto’s announcement as the winner, four out of seven IEBC commissioners said they could not recognise the results, raising rigging fears in the closely-watched poll in the East African political and economic powerhouse.