Kenyatta swearing-in amid tear gas

Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn in for a second term as Kenya's president

Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn in for a second term as Kenya’s president

Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to overcome Kenya’s divisions after being sworn in for a second term as president, at a ceremony boycotted by the opposition.
Speaking after his inauguration in the capital Nairobi, he said he would try to incorporate some of the opposition’s ideas “in the spirit of inclusivity”.
At least one man was killed when police clashed with opposition supporters.
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has announced plans to be sworn in himself as president next month.
Addressing his supporters on a road in Nairobi, Mr Odinga said he himself would be sworn in as president on December 12.
According to Mr Odinga, Mr Kenyatta was elected by “just a small section of the country”.
He boycotted last month’s repeat election and has not recognised Mr Kenyatta’s victory.
Mr Kenyatta was officially re-elected with 98 per cent of the vote on October 26 but just under 39 per cent of voters turned out.
The original election on August 8 was held again after being annulled by the Supreme Court on grounds of irregularities.
Embarking on his second and last term in office, he promised to act as “the custodian of the dreams of all” Kenyans.
Without specifying whether he would reach out to Mr Odinga, he said: “We may have chosen different candidates and different visions, but each one of us voted for a better life.
“To my competitors, and in the spirit of inclusivity, I will endeavour to incorporate some of their ideas. The election was not a contest between a good dream and a bad dream. It was a contest between two competing visions.
“I will devote my time and energy to build bridges, to unite and bring prosperity to all Kenyans.”
Spectators inside Nairobi’s Kasarani sports stadium were entertained by music and dance performances, while the military paraded.
However, there were scenes of chaos outside when people without seats tried to rush in and were driven back by police with tear gas and batons, with some officers on horseback.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Rwandan President Paul Kagame were among a number of African leaders at the inauguration.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was also expected in Nairobi but for a later event in the presidential palace, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Chief Justice David Maraga said the August election had not been “conducted in accordance with the constitution” and declared it “invalid, null and void”. -BBC

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