Russia Congratulates Ruto on Winning the Presidency

William Ruto has been congratulated by the Russian government for being elected as Kenya’s fifth president.

The Russian Embassy in Kenya stated in a statement on Thursday that it is looking forward to “building comprehensive and mutually beneficial cooperation with Kenya.”

“We are confident that the friendly relations between our two countries and peoples will be reinvigorated and further strengthened,” reads the statement.

With 7,176,141 votes, or 50.49 percent of the total votes cast, William Ruto was proclaimed the winner of the presidential election by IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati.

With 6,942,930 votes, Raila Odinga of the Azimio coalition finished in second place but has since contested the results.

The most recent foreign nation to comment on the results of the recently held elections in Kenya is Russia.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom urged all political parties and leaders to uphold the law when seeking justice on Wednesday in a joint statement.

The envoys applauded Kenyans for maintaining peace before, during, and after the elections while noting how peacefully they were handled.

The ambassadors and high commissioners also praised the IEBC’s efforts to organize the elections as well as the contributions made by security personnel, members of civil society, leaders in the business community, and representatives of religions.

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Written by Esther Oyugi

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