Kenya’s electoral commission has announced the country’s vice president, William Ruto as the winner of the presidential election, reports on Monday say.
The result is announced against majority of the election commissioners who have earlier questioned its validity, saying that they could not stand by the outcome.
All sovereign power belongs to the people of Kenya. I want to thank God for getting us to this point. I want to thank God that today we have concluded this election,” Ruto said in a speech after the announcement.
The election pitted two of the country’s political heavyweights against one another: Mr. Ruto is the country’s vice president, while Raila Odinga, a veteran opposition leader, has lost four previous election runs.
Kenya is East Africa’s biggest economy and is pivotal, not only for the stability of the region, but as a hub for trade and security.
The presidential race, Kenya’s closest since the country’s first truly competitive election 20 years ago, is also being closely scrutinized by Western and regional allies as a key test for democracy in one of Africa’s powerhouse nations.
Mr. Ruto, 55, also a wealthy businessman, cast himself as champion of Kenya’s “hustler nation” the disillusioned, mostly young strivers struggling to gain a foothold.