Kenya, William Ruto is the new president. Protests and fires in Nairobi
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Kenya, William Ruto is the new president. Protests and fires in Nairobi

Ruto got nearly 7.18 million votes (50.49%) against 6.94 million (48.85%) of his rival, Raila Odinga, in the vote on 9 August. He accuses of fraud by the coalition that supports the candidate who came second.

William Ruto, 55-year-old vce-president of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government but a rival of his coalition, was declared the winner of the presidential elections held in Kenya. According to the official results released, Ruto obtained almost 7.18 million votes (50.49%) against 6.94 million (48.85%) of his rival, Raila Odinga, in the vote on 9 August.

But in the African country it is chaos. Four members of the commission refused to accept the results, with Odinga himself not showing up at the ceremony, marred by allegations of fraud by his coalition. “We cannot take responsibility for the result that will be announced,” Juliana Cherera, the commission’s vice president, told reporters. Odinga did not show up for the ceremony, marred by allegations of fraud by his coalition.

In the capital Nairobi, there are clashes and violent demonstrations. In the Kibera area a pyre of tires was set on fire by supporters of the rival.

“Any result announced by the president of the electoral commission is considered invalid because he does not have the necessary quorum within the commission itself to make a decision of this weight,” wrote on twitter Makau Mutua, spokesman for Odinga. Now supporters of the rival are gathering in front of the central Serena hotel in the capital to demonstrate against elections they define as “rigged”.

For his part, the new president Ruto declared that “the officials of the electoral commission are heroes”, as the first official speech after the election. Aware of the divisions in the country, he promised to “work together with all the other leaders”: there is no room, he said, “for revenge: our country needs all hands committed to work”.