Kenya held presidential elections on August 9, 2022. William Samoei Ruto, the vice president, was declared the winner, and the Supreme Court upheld that decision. Ruto came from a humble background and overcame major obstacles to become Kenya’s president. This article by Chrispin Mwakideu published by DW explores his path from selling chickens to becoming president. Here is an excerpt:
For 55-year-old President William Samoei Ruto, clinching Kenya’s top job was difficult. After all, the outspoken politician has defied all odds, including a rebuff from his former boss President Uhuru Kenyatta, to ascend to the country’s highest office.
Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), said that Ruto had won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49%) against 6.94 million (48.85%) for his rival Raila Odinga in the August 9 vote.
The announcement came on the heels of a statement by the IEBC’s deputy chairperson and three other commissioners disowning the election results.
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