News ID: 323980
Published: 0249 GMT September 05, 2022

Kenya's top court upholds Ruto victory in presidential vote

Kenya's top court upholds Ruto victory in presidential vote
THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS

Kenya's President-elect William Ruto

Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday upheld William Ruto's victory in the August 9 presidential election, ending weeks of political uncertainty and delivering a blow to challenger Raila Odinga who had alleged fraud in the poll.

"This is a unanimous decision. The petitions are hereby dismissed, as a consequence we declare the first respondent (Ruto) as president-elect," Chief Justice Martha Koome said, according to AFP.

The court dismissed all nine issues at the heart of the challenge to the results, which had delivered victory to Ruto by a margin of less than two percentage points.

"The... irregularities were not of such magnitude as to affect the final results of the presidential election," Koome declared.

Ruto, the 55-year-old incumbent deputy president, is now due to take office on September 13.

Both the Ruto and Odinga camps had pledged to accept the court's ruling.

Odinga said Monday he respected the ruling, but added that he disagreed "vehemently" with the verdict.

"We have always stood for the rule of law and the constitution. In this regard, we respect the opinion of the court although we vehemently disagree with their decision today," he said in a statement after a unanimous decision by the court.

 

 

 

 

 

   
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