Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in for 2nd term

ANI | Updated: Nov 28, 2017 16:08 IST

Nairobi [Kenya], Nov 28 (ANI): Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday was sworn in for a second term as Kenya's president, CNN reports.

Kenyatta, the 55-year-old son of the country's founding President, won a second five-year term, defeating veteran opposition leader and longtime rival Raila Odinga in a tense contest. He took the oath at Nairobi's Kasarani stadium.

While supporters cheered as he made his vows at the ceremony, the stadium police fired tear gas outside at people, who were trying to enter without a seat.

Kenyatta secured 98 per cent of the votes in a repeat presidential election in October.

"I hereby call the elections and congratulate the victors; I hereby declare Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and William Samoei Ruto as President-elect and Deputy President-elect respectively," Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati said.

However, the electoral commission said that only 39 per cent of voters turned out due to an opposition boycott.

In a speech at Nairobi's Bomas of Kenya tallying centre, Kenyatta said, "Once again as you all know, I have been here before. Hope this is for the last time, fellow Kenyans, let me say that today I as a Kenyan celebrate our resilience as a nation and the resilience of our democracy and our people."

"Any other country experiencing the turns and twists of our recent engagements would be in a tough place. I take this opportunity to thank God," he added.

Earlier, in August, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights confirmed that 24 people, including 17 in Nairobi, were killed in the post-election violence.

The violent clashes happened between the residents of Kisumu, an opposition stronghold, and police officials after supporters of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) rejected President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. (ANI)