Deputy President William Ruto has won the 2022 Kenya presidential election.

Ruto will become Kenya’s fifth President since the country’s independence.

He defeated the opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, who was contesting his fifth election.

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Wafula Chebukati, Ruto won almost 7.18 million votes (50.49 percent) against 6.94 million (48.85 percent) for his rival Raila Odinga.

Ruto, in his acceptance speech said: “It was God that brought us here … my team and I will make sure that the sacrifices made by many Kenyans is not in vain … we will not let them down. I am confident that this country will come together and we can move forward as one democratic nation.

“I will run a transparent, open, democratic government and I will work with the opposition to the extent that they provide oversight over my administration”.