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Kenya: deputy president William Ruto wins presidential elections

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Kenya: deputy president William Ruto wins presidential elections

Nairobi, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) Kenya´s Deputy President William Ruto was declared the winner of the country´s elections after six days of pressures, and minutes after half of the country’s election commission publicly disowned the results of the vote.
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The result was close – Ruto won with 50.5 percent of the vote, while Odinga – who has now unsuccessfully stood for president five times – was on 48.9 percent. Ruto’s victory comes after he ran as the “hustler’s” candidate, repeatedly promoting the idea of a “hustler nation” that promoted small businesses and entrepreneurship, as announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Four of the seven commissioners of the IEBC left the centre and held a rival press conference Monday afternoon to preemptively reject the results, raising fears that the announcement of a presidential winner would be delayed or that violent protests could follow.

“We cannot take ownership of the results that are going to be announced,” said Juliana Cherera, an IEBC deputy chairperson citing “the opaque nature of this last phase.” The dissenting officials did not give further details or evidence.

Kenyan general elections were endorsed by the African Union observers who described the voting and data transmission as transparent.

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