Kenyatta sworn in as president of Kenya

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in for a second and final five-year term, a month after winning a bitterly disputed election rerun marked by delays and boycott. Several heads of states and tens of thousands of his supporters attended the inauguration at a stadium in the capital, Nairobi, on 28 November 2017.

Kenyatta, 55, won 98 percent of the votes cast in October’s poll, which was boycotted by the main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, who alleged the poll would not be free and fair. The election was marked by a low turnout with only 38 percent of the registered voters casting their ballot – 7.6 million of the 19.6 million registered voters.

Last month’s poll rerun occurred after the country’s supreme court annulled August’s presidential election results citing “illegalities and irregularities” in the voting process. Police tried to break up the opposition’s gathering and opened fire at the crowd, killing three people including a child.

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