Tension in Kenya after William Ruto’s narrow victory in the country’s presidential elections. One day after Ruto was proclaimed president by a slight advantage, his rival Raila Odinga rejects the results as illegal, in elections marked by irregularities and delays.
“What we saw yesterday is a travesty, a blatant disregard of the Kenyan Constitution and laws perpetrated by the president and a part of the Independent Electoral Commission. The law is clear about the role of the commission and its president, the law it does not give him dictatorial power to rule unilaterally,” said Odinga, 77, who stood for the fifth time in these elections as a presidential candidate in Kenya, and who has been the perennial opposition candidate for decades, never getting the victory.
Fifteen years ago, after his defeat in 2007, a wave of violence with ethnic overtones was unleashed, leaving more than 1,100 dead and 600,000 displaced.