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Uhuru Kenyatta sworn in as Kenya's new president


L-R former President Mwai Kibaki and President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kasarani Sports Center.           Courtesy photoUhuru Kenyatta


by Joseph Earnest April 9, 2013  

Newscast Media NAIROBI, KenyaOn Tuesday, Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as Kenya's new president and the country's fourth head of state. Tens of thousands of people and regional leaders attended the ceremony, which took place at the Kasarani sports complex in Nairobi. The crowd erupted in cheers and waved Kenyan flags as Kenyatta, and his deputy William Ruto, took their oaths of office and were handed the ceremonial instruments of office.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga signed them both into office, officially confirming the relatively young duo as the new leaders of Kenya, East Africa's most important economy.

The new Kenyan leader promised to lead his countrymen regardless of their ethnicity and diversity. Kenyan politics have been characterized by ethnic tensions and rivalry between the larger groups, which descended into violence after the poll in 2007.

"Kenyans expect Uhuru and Ruto to transcend the tribal line and provide good leadership that is devoid of tribalism," Uhuru said.

After taking his oath of office, Kenyatta said, "I assure you again that under my leadership, Kenya will strive to uphold our international obligations, so long as these are founded on the well-established principles of mutual respect and reciprocity."     Add Comments>>

Source: Radio Deutsche Welle











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