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Monday, August 22, 2022 – Israel government has joined other world leaders in congratulating Kenya’s President-elect William Ruto, who was declared the winner of the August 9, 2022, presidential election.
Last Monday, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Chebukati,, announced that the President-elect and Deputy President-elect Rigathi Gachagua won with 7,176,141 votes, representing 50.59 percent of valid votes cast, beating rivals Raila Odinga and Martha Karua, who had 6,942,930 votes (48 percent).
In a statement delivered by Israel Ambassador to Kenya Michael Lotem, Israel President Isaac Herzog congratulated Ruto for emerging as the winner of the election.
“Received a congratulatory message from President of Israel Isaac Herzog that was presented by ambassador Michael Lotem, Karen, Nairobi County,” Ruto wrote on his Twitter page.
This is a big embarrassment to President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is yet to congratulate William Ruto despite being declared the winner by the IEBC.
However, Ruto’s election is still facing a legal hurdle since Raila Odinga has challenged his victory at the Supreme Court.
The Kenyan DAILY POST.