Kenya Swears in President Ruto After Heated Elections

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Kenya’s new president, William Ruto, on Tuesday contested a tight election and was sworn in after a narrow victory against his rival Raila Odinga, who refused to attend the inauguration.

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Thousands of Kenyans and at least 20 heads of state gathered at the Moi International Sports Center in Nairobi to watch the ceremony.

Several people tried to force their way into the stadium, and Kenya’s Red Cross communications manager Peter Abawao said first responders treated around 40 people with minor injuries.


“There were people who tried to jump over the fence and then some fell. Some sustained cuts,” Abwao said. “There were no major injuries, and they have been given first aid. Our teams are on the field if anything happens, but the situation is calm.”

People stampede as they attend the inauguration ceremony of Kenya’s President William Ruto, ahead of his swearing-in ceremony at the Moi International Stadium Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya on September 13, 2022.
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Ruto took the reins of power from his former boss, outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.

As vice president, Ruto split from Kenyatta, who supported Odinga in last month’s election.

Odinga lost to Ruto’s 7.1 million with 6.9 million votes in an election marked by low voter turnout, a divided election commission, and allegations of fraud by Odinga.

Despite backing Odinga, Kenyatta welcomed the visiting president with a visit to the State House, the official residence of the Kenyan president.

He urged Ruto to work for all Kenyans without prejudice.

President Ruto is faced with the daunting task of reducing the high cost of living and managing massive debt after years of borrowing.

He vowed to work for all Kenyans, reduce external borrowing and tackle corruption.


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