The Kenya Election Commission announced that Vice President William Ruto received 50.49 per cent of the vote and opposition candidate Raila Odinga 48.85 per cent in the presidential election.
If no objection is made after a tense election period, Ruto will take the oath of office on 30 August.
In his victory speech, Ruto said, “We are here tonight to witness this momentous event, as the people of Kenya reaffirm that all sovereign power in the first article of the Kenyan constitution belongs to the Kenyan people.” said.
“I want to thank God for getting us to this point. There were prophecies that we wouldn’t be able to get here, but thanks to God we are here, and I want to say and confess in a very special way that we wouldn’t be here without God.”
William Ruto, 55, describes himself as a pro-popular. During the election campaign, he highlighted the welfare state policies and promised to rebuild the economy.