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William Ruto sworn in as Kenya’s fifth president

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

William Ruto has been sworn in as Kenya’s president at a ceremony in the capital Nairobi after his election win last month was upheld by the Supreme Court.

The new Kenyan President in a speech hailed what he called a “village boy” becoming president.

Mr. Ruto won the election with 50.5% of the vote, to his rival, Mr Raila Odinga’s 48.8%.

Mr. Odinga then alleged that the result was rigged, but that legal challenge was rejected by the Supreme Court.

On Tuesday Mr. Ruto who was previously the former deputy president was handed a copy of Kenya’s constitution and a sword to represent the transfer of power from his former boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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There was a handshake between the two who fell out before the election, a gesture that was cheered by those gathered at the ceremony ground.

The 55-year-old swore to preserve and protect the constitution – holding the Bible.

“Standing here today is testimony that there is God in heaven. I want to thank God because a village boy has become the president of Kenya,” Mr Ruto said.

Kenya’s new president also promised Mr. Odinga, and all his opponents “supporters will be my constituents. I will work with all Kenyans irrespective of who they voted for.”

About 20 heads of state from across Africa attended the event.




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