Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto , has won the country’s presidential election. He beat former prime minister Raila Odinga, to become the next president of the East African nation, on his first attempt.
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The final result were announced on Monday, August 15, 2022, by the Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) after the results were delayed earlier for an alleged vote buying by Raila Odinga, who according to reports, is Kenya’s serving president, Uhuru Kenyatta’s preferred candidate.
However, deputy president, William Ruto who is contesting for the office of the president for the first time, jumped through all odds to defeat Raila Odinga, who served as Kenya’s Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013, and has unsuccessfully contested for the office of President 5 times.
According to IEBC, William Ruto narrowly beat his rival, Odinga, taking 50.4% of the vote, to become the new leader of Kenya, Eastern Africa’s richest and most stable nation. Technically, Odinga who according to reports has the tools to clinch the president seat after 4 trials, is businessman who served as the Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013, and a former Member of Parliament for Langata,
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but Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto won 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) against 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga in the August 9 election.
Ruto’s party UDA (United Democratic Alliance) also controls the senate by winning a majority.