Published: Tue, November 28, 2017
People | By Neil Grant

Kenya president sworn in after months-long election turmoil

Kenya president sworn in after months-long election turmoil

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday vowed to be the leader of all Kenyans and work to unite the country after a bruising and drawn out election process that ended with his swearing-in.

Kenya's election crisis saw the Supreme Court nullify August's results on the grounds of irregularities, following a legal challenge by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenya's election drama has meant months of uncertainty in east Africa's economic hub.

Uhuru was declared the victor by the electoral commission with 98 per cent of the votes cast and the Supreme Court upheld his election after dismissing two election petitions challenging his win.

Kenyatta's calls for unity echo those he made throughout an election campaign in which he also launched searing attacks on the judiciary and opposition.

A re-run last month was boycotted by Odinga and his supporters as they called for electoral reform.

Deputy President William Ruto was sworn after Kenyatta took his oath.

"It has been a trying time but once again Kenyans have shown their resilience", he added.

"The official bible that was used for swearing in ceremony today is the one that was used by the first President of the Republic of Kenya at independence and the constitution used is the one we promulgated in 2010", stated Master of Ceremony Peter Wanjohi.

The inauguration was attended by nine heads of state including Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Seretse Ian Khama (Botswana) and thousands of Kenyans.

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