Supreme Court in Kenya Upholds Ruto Victory In Presidential Vote

The Supreme Court in Kenya, on Monday maintained William Ruto's triumph in the August 9 official presidential election, finishing a long time of political vulnerability and conveying a catastrophe for challenger Raila Odinga who had claimed extortion in the poll.

"This is a consistent choice. The petitions are thusly excused, as a result we proclaim the primary respondent (Ruto) as president-elect," Chief Justice Martha Koome said.

The court dismissed all nine issues at the heart of the challenge to the results, which had delivered victory to Ruto by a margin of less than two percentage points.

“The… irregularities were not of such magnitude as to affect the final results of the presidential election,” Koome declared.

Ruto, the 55-year-old incumbent deputy president, is now due to take office on September 13.

Both the Ruto and Odinga camps had pledged to accept the court’s ruling.

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