Kenyatta takes oath as Kenyan president

2013-04-09 13:12
Kenya's new president Uhuru Kenyatta. (File, AFP)

Kenya's new president Uhuru Kenyatta. (File, AFP)

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Kenyatta sworn in as Kenyan president

2013-04-09 14:13

Kenya's new president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has been sworn in to office at a ceremony in a stadium packed with supporters and foreign dignitaries. Watch.WATCH

Nairobi - Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn as Kenya's fourth president on Tuesday to cheers from tens of thousands of supporters, despite facing an international crimes against humanity trial.

"I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Kenya," Kenyatta said, clutching a bible as he took the oath of office.

Kenyatta, wearing a dark suit and red tie, also pledged to "protect and uphold, the sovereignty, integrity and dignity of the people of Kenya".

Officials had to appeal for quiet as 60 000 people packed into Kenya's national football stadium chanted Kenyatta's name and roared in support as they danced.

William Ruto, who like Kenyatta faces trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity in The Hague, took the oath of office as vice-president.

"I will always truly and diligently serve the people and the Republic of Kenya in the office of the deputy president,"

"I will do justice to all without fear, favour, affection and ill will," he added.

Security was heavy as Kenyatta loyalists, dressed in the red colours of the winning Jubilee Coalition party, waved as military bands played tunes to welcome the new leader and say farewell to outgoing President Mwai Kibaki, 81, retiring after more than a decade in power.

Before handing over power Kibaki circled the stadium waving to crowds from an open topped vehicle and accompanied by a guard of honour.

Heads of state of Kenya's neighbours watching the ceremony included Ethiopia's Hailemariam Desalegn, Somalia's Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, South Sudan's Salva Kiir, Tanzania's Jakaya Kikwete and Uganda's Yoweri Museveni.

Western nations, many of whom have a policy of only "essential contact" with ICC indictees, have said they sent ambassadors to the ceremony.

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