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William Ruto Wins Kenya’s Presidential Election. What Does That Mean For Kenya’s Ties With China?

Kenyan President-elect William Ruto delivered a speech at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on August 15, 2022. Tony Karumba/AFP

William Ruto was declared president-elect on Monday by the head of Kenya’s independent election commission after narrowly edging out his main rival Raila Odinga. But as was expected in such a close race, controversy erupted when four electoral commissioners hinted there were problems with the vote, prompting Odinga’s supporters to take to the streets in anger.

Nonetheless, major news outlets, including the Daily Nation and The Standard, have declared Ruto the winner. At this time, it is presumed that he will, in fact, take the oath to become Kenya’s fifth president.

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