Kenya court rules Kenyatta validly elected president

2013-03-30 16:49

Nairobi – Kenya's chief justice has said the six-member Supreme Court unanimously decided Uhuru Kenyatta was validly elected president, after the result was challenged by defeated candidate Raila Odinga.

"It is the decision of the court that the third and fourth respondents were validly elected," Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said in court today, referring to Kenyatta and his running mate and deputy president William Ruto.

"The March 4 2013 election was conducted in a free, fair and credible manner in compliance with the constitution and all relevant provisions of the law," he said, adding that the court's assessment was unanimous after a week of hearings.

Kenya's outgoing president called for calm ahead of the decision, which came five years after another ballot dispute triggered widespread bloodshed.

"At this historical moment in our country, the Supreme Court has discharged its constitutional duty in conformity with the solemn oath each one of us took," Mutunga said, addressing lawyers for the rival candidates and other petitioners.

"It is now for the Kenyan people, their leaders, civil society, the private sector and the media to discharge theirs, to ensure that the unity, peace, sovereignty and prosperity of the nation is preserved. God bless Kenya," he added.

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