Friday, December 2, 2022
Home LATEST NEWS William Ruto sworn in as Kenyan president after close vote

William Ruto sworn in as Kenyan president after close vote

NAIROBI, Kenya — William Ruto was sworn in as Kenya’s president on Tuesday after narrowly winning the Aug. 9 election in East Africa’s most stable democracy, and was quick to signal that his leadership would be strongly Christian.

The Supreme Court last week rejected a challenge by losing candidate and opposition figure Raila Odinga in the official results, completing a remarkably peaceful election.

Ruto, 55, had been a deputy for outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta, but had a bitter break with Kenyatta that left them silent for months. On Tuesday, the audience cheered as the two shook hands and again as Kenyatta handed over the instruments of power.

Ruto, who knelt in tears and prayers as the court upheld his victory, knelt on stage minutes after he was sworn in during a lengthy sermon. “A chicken vendor to a president,” the pastor intoned, highlighting Ruto’s humble youth.

Ruto’s first tweet Psalms quoted: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

The event began with some chaos. Dozens of people were crushed and injured when they forced their way into the packed stadium. A doctor said a fence fell after people pushed on it and around 60 people were injured, although the number could rise.

“We had to treat some with minor injuries. Most of them were rushed to the main hospital in Nairobi,” said Peter Muiruri. There were no reports of deaths.

People tried to dodge security forces wielding batons. Some failed. “The police beat me up when I was trying to get in,” said a witness, Benson Kimutai.

Ruto is assuming power in a heavily debt-ridden country that will test his efforts to deliver on sweeping campaign promises to Kenya’s poor.



Gay club owner: Shooting comes amid new ‘kind of hate’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The co-owner of the Colorado Springs gay nightclub, where a shooter turned a drag queen's birthday celebration into a...

“CBS Evening News” Headlines for Thursday, November 24, 2022

"CBS Evening News" Headlines for Thursday, November 24, 2022 - CBS News ...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Georgia Supreme Court reinstates state ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy

Georgia Supreme Court reinstates state ban on abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy

Adderall and amoxicillin shortages raise questions about transparency at Big Pharma

Critical shortages of the ADHD drug Adderall and the antibiotic amoxicillin have left families reeling as the medications their loved ones need become harder...

Humberside Police judged ‘outstanding’ five years after being classified as failing | politics

A police force has gone from being classified as a failure five years ago to receiving the highest ratings in the modern era from...

Readers discuss Trump devotees, Republican love of guns and healthy eating – New York Daily News

Medford, LI: On successive news days this Thanksgiving week, I read that US Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate...