Kenyan President Kenyatta returns to office for 2nd Term

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After nullifying the election won by Kenyatta, the Kenyan Supreme Court charged IEBC to conduct a re-run election within 60 days, which NASA Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga later announced his withdrawal from the poll on 10 October 2017.

Kenyan President Kenyatta returns to office for 2nd Term
President Kenyatta/ Photo credit: Nigerian Eye
President Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as the Kenyan President for the second term, after the Kenya’s Supreme Court cancelled the Presidential election held on August 8, due to alleged illegalities and irregularities, as petitioned by the opposition party, National Super Alliance (NASA).

President Kenyatta of The National Alliance (TNA) party was declared winner of the Kenyan Presidential election held on August 8, 2017 by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

After nullifying the election, the Kenyan Supreme court charged IEBC to conduct a re-run election within 60 days. However, NASA Presidential candidate, Raila Odinga later announced his withdrawal from the re-run Presidential election on 10 October 2017.

According to report, Mr Odinga urged his supporters to boycott the re-run, adding that no changes were made to the electoral commission.

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Following Odinga’s withdrawal, Mr Kenyatta was re-elected with 98% of the votes on 26 October, with a poor turn-out of voters, due to the crisis happening in the country.

In response to the swearing-in, Odinga said the President lacks legitimacy, since he was elected by less than 20% of registered voters.

Odinga had served as the 2nd Prime Minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013 and had been the leader of NASA party since 2013.

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Among the African leaders who attended the inauguration includes; the vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn and Rwandan President, Paul Kagame.

Surge.g also gathered that not less than ten heads of states and thousands of Kenyatta’s supporters attended the swearing-in at the stadium in Nairobi, capital of Kenya.

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