Raila Odinga rejects results, a 'travesty'

Raila Odinga on Tuesday rejected the results of the August 9 presidential election in Kenya, announced the day before and which gave his rival William Ruto the winner, calling them a “parody”.

“What we witnessed yesterday is a travesty and a clear disregard for the Constitution,” said Odinga, a veteran Kenyan politician supported by the outgoing power, who lost to Mr Ruto by around 230,000 votes.

Outgoing vice-president William Ruto was declared the winner with 50.49% of the vote against 48.85% for Raila Odinga.

Raila Odinga, 77, was running for the fifth time this year. In 2013 and 2017, he challenged the results before the Supreme Court, which this past year invalidated the ballot.

“We will pursue all legal and constitutional options available to us. We will do so in view of the many flaws in the elections, ”he said in his first speech since the announcement of his defeat.

“Yesterday, our fledgling democracy suffered a major setback” and “Kenya is facing a deep political and legal crisis”, he continued, denouncing the role played, according to him, by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEBC), marked by internal divisions.

“We are aware of the past political biases of the IEBC which have plunged this country into its darkest chapter,” he added, referring to the “horrific memories of the aftermath of the 2007 elections still fresh in memory”.

That year, Raila Odinga challenged the results. The post-election crisis that followed led to inter-ethnic clashes and the death of more than 1,100 people, the worst violence since the country’s independence in 1963.

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