According to the Electoral Commission, Deputy President William Ruto has been elected as the fifth President of the country.
Ruto was not supporting his candidacy to succeed outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta is in the twilight of his presidency and will step down in August.
His rival Raila Odinga’s coalition on Monday rejected the results yet to be announced by Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).
Immediately after Odinga’s coalition rejected the results, the National Tallying Center erupted in chaos and chairs were thrown into the building.
The country’s Electoral Commission has split over the country’s election results after four officials rejected commission chairman Wafula Chebukati’s results, officials said in a separate press conference.
IEBC Vice President Juliana Cherera was among those who disputed the results.
During the campaign, Ruto described himself as the “hustler-in-chief”, who rose from humble beginnings as a chicken seller to the top of Kenyan politics.
Analysts had predicted a victory due to his performance over rival Raila Odinga. Opinion polls And he got government support.
But Ruto’s popular “man of the people” approach, which rejected political dynasties and played on the country’s anti-elite sentiment, endeared him to voters.
Political analyst Herman Manyora told CNN before the election, “Ruto has excited the youth … in an almost euphoric sense.”
Ruto, a former teacher who holds a doctorate in plant ecology from the University of Nairobi, has pledged to prioritize Kenya’s economy and “uplift ordinary citizens” as president.
He will come under pressure to provide solutions to Kenya’s economic problems, including mounting debt, high food and fuel prices and widespread youth unemployment.
Ruto has a long and varied history in Kenyan politics and was even tried alongside President Kenyatta in 2013 at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands for alleged crimes against humanity following deadly violence during the 2007 election. However, the charges were later dropped.