- Title: Kenyatta re-elected - extends olive branch to opposition
- Date: 11th August 2017
- Summary: NAIROBI, KENYA (AUGUST 11, 2017) (REUTERS) INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION NEWLY ELECTED PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA COMING DOWN STAIRS AT THE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL AND BOUNDARIES COMMISSION KENYATTA SHAKING HANDS WIHT THE CHAIRMAN OF THE IEBC (SOUNDBITE) (English) IEBC CHAIRMAN WAFULA CHEBUKATI SAYING: "I am not finished. I am not finished my sentence. I wish to declare honourable Uhuru Kenyatta as president elect and honourable William Ruto as vice president elect" APPLAUSE WIDE KENYATTA HOLDING UP CERTIFICATE KENYATTA AND RUTO HOLDING CERTIFICATES (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRESIDENT ELECT UHURU KENYATTA SAYING: "To our brothers, who are worthy competitors, we are not enemies. We are all citizens of one republic. As with any competition there shall always be winners and there shall be losers but we all belong to one great nation called Kenya and I extend a hand of friendship, I extend a hand of cooperation, I extend a hand of partnership knowing fully well that this country needs all of us, pulling together, in order for us to succeed, and Kenyans want us to succeed (applause). Like I said to my worthy competitor, especially the Right Honourable Raila Amolo Odinga, I reach out to you, I reach out to all your supporters, I reach out to all who are elected on now the opposition benches, we shall work together, we shall partner together, we shall grow together, we shall develop this country together, and we are there, ready to engage in dialogue, to discourse together so that we can build this nation of ours together." WIDE KENYATTA HOLDING CERTIFICATE
- Embargoed: 25th August 2017 22:14
- Keywords: Kenya elections Kenyatta wins calls for peaceful acceptance from defeated opposition
- Location: NAIROBI, KENYA
- City: NAIROBI, KENYA
- Country: Kenya
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0016TPRS5J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The Kenya election commission on Friday (August 11) declared incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta had won a second and final five-year term in this week's polls, despite opposition objections over the fairness of the vote.
Kenyatta took 54.27 percent of the vote, and opposition leader Raila Odinga took 44.74 percent, said election commission head Wafula Chebukati.
In his acceptance speech Kenyatta offered an olive branch to the opposition and urged national unity and peace in the wake of a divisive dispute over the fairness of the poll.
"I reach out to you, I reach out to all your supporters," Kenyatta said in comments directed to opposition leader Raila Odinga. "To our brothers, our worthy competitors, we are not enemies, we are all citizens of one republic."
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