William Ruto declared winner of Kenya presidential election – Axios

William Ruto has defeated Raila Odinga by a margin of 50.5% to 48.9% to win Kenya's presidential election, the chair of Kenya's electoral commission announced Monday.
Driving the news: The announcement was contentious. A scuffle broke out in ahead of the ceremony, and four members of the electoral commission declined to attend because they said the vote counting process was opaque and they could not associate themselves with the results.
Ruto is currently serving his second term as deputy to outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, but after a public split with Ruto, Kenyatta endorsed his erstwhile rival Odinga. That set the stage for a combative campaign, with Ruto prevailing in a minor upset.
The big picture: Kenya’s next president will have to navigate soaring food prices, ballooning debts and regional instability.
The other side: Odinga, 77, was seeking the presidency for the fifth time after decades in opposition — but this time as the establishment favorite.
What to watch: While Kenya is often seen as a beacon of stability in east Africa, the country saw widespread post-election violence in 2007, and again in 2017, on a smaller scale.
The latest: Ruto thanked Odinga for focusing his campaign on the issues and promised to work with "all leaders in Kenya" as president. He also praised the work of the electoral commission.


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