Kenya: Loser Raila Odinga rejects presidential results

Kenya: loser Raila Odinga rejects presidential results

Raila odinga, the figurehead of the Kenyan opposition, described as a “parody” the results of the presidential election giving him the loser.

Raila Odinga rejected on Tuesday the results of the August 9 presidential election giving his rival William Ruto the winner, calling them a “travesty” and promising to pursue all legal options available to him.

Six days after the August 9 election, marked by calm despite growing impatience, incumbent Vice President Ruto was declared the winner on Monday evening with 50.49% of the vote against 48.85% for Raila Odinga, by an Electoral Commission rocked by internal divisions.

The eyes of the country were now on this veteran of the opposition now supported by the regime , who, at 77, was competing for the fifth time and remained invisible and silent since Monday.

From his headquarters, Raila Odinga, wearing a large blue hat – the color of his coalition – firmly rejected these results, among the tightest in the country's history (some 233,000 votes of ;gap).

What we witnessed yesterday is a travesty and a clear disregard for the Constitution, he said, calling on his supporters to calm down and assuring that x27; it would pursue all available legal options.

We will do so in view of the many flaws in the election, he added, without going so far as to promise a remedy to the Supreme Court.

Odinga is familiar, however. of these appeals, which he has already filed in 2013, then 2017, when the Supreme Court had invalidated the presidential election due to irregularities, a first in Africa.

In 2007, an election also very close, Odinga had also, without going to court, refused the result, which had triggered the worst post-election crisis in the history of the country, with more than 1,100 dead in inter-ethnic clashes .

Ruto, who held the role of challenger in this election, was declared Monday fifth president of Kenya since independence in 1963. He is the second president of his community , the Kalenjin, to take up this position.

The wealthy 55-year-old businessman immediately assured that he would work with all political leaders, promising a transparent, open and democratic country.

The The announcement of the results triggered violent demonstrations on Monday evening, but localized in strongholds of Odinga, including working-class areas of Nairobi and Kisumu where calm had returned on Tuesday.

Raila's word is law in this part of the country, says Abel Tom, a 48-year-old businessman who wants to believe there will be no more violence in Kisumu town. People will be inspired by Prime Minister Raila Odinga's statement.

But many businesses remain closed and the economy has been sluggish since the vote a year ago. week, arousing the impatience of the population.

Incumbent Vice President William Ruto was declared the winner on Monday evening with 50.49%.

The campaign was notably dominated by the soaring cost of living, in particular products base, with East Africa's economic powerhouse being hit hard by the effects of the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Ruto had made this theme his hobbyhorse.

For his part, Raila Odinga, who was particularly committed to reforming the country and fighting corruption, had received the valuable support of outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta and the ruling party.

He generally had all the support he needed to snatch victory, except for the majority of people, decrypted Zaynab Mohamed, a political analyst for Oxford Economics.

The Election Observation Group (ELOG), an association that has been monitoring the proper conduct of votes since 2010, said on Tuesday that its calculations matched the results of the IEBC, with 50.7% for Ruto and 48 .7% for Odinga.

On Tuesday afternoon, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, congratulated President-elect Ruto in a tweet, and urged in the event of any dispute to use existing dispute resolution mechanisms.

The Electoral Commission, although hailed by observers for its handling of election day, is again under intense pressure this year.< /p>

A few minutes before its president announced the results on Monday, four of its seven members dissociated themselves from it, rejecting in a coup de theater an opaque process.

On Tuesday, they detailed their arguments before the press, denouncing in particular a total of percentages reaching 100.01%, a figure described by them as mathematical absurdity.

Des However, analysts including Nic Cheeseman, a professor at the University of Birmingham in the UK and an expert on Kenya, have pointed out that this discrepancy could be explained by the fact of rounding the percentages.

Expect a lot of controversy. Expect legal action. Expect it to go on and on, the latter said on Twitter.

If heard in the coming week, the Supreme Court will have 14 days to render its decision. decision. Otherwise, William Ruto will take office within two weeks.

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