(ANSA) - NAIROBI, AUG 15 - William Ruto has been announced as the fifth president of Kenya, but the climate is tense, because shortly before the announcement the Electoral Commission split on the outcome, with 4 out of 7 councilors saying that the electoral process of the presidential elections on 9 August was "opaque".
Electoral Commission chairman Wafula Chebukati said Ruto got nearly 7.2 million votes.
Vice-president of the government of outgoing president Uhuru Kenyattama, rival of his coalition, Ruto overcame former opposition leader Raila Odinga with 50.49% of the preferences, supported by Kenyatta himself, who obtained 48.8%.
Odinga did not show up for the ceremony, marred by accusations of fraud by his coalition.
The electoral commission itself was divided: 4 out of 7 members refused to accept the result.
Ruto has announced that he wants to work with "all the leaders" of the country.
The declaration shortly follows the announcement of his victory in the presidential elections in the midst of tensions, after the electoral commission, just before the proclamation, was divided on the outcome of the face, with 4 judges out of 7 declaring the vote "opaque".
"There is no place for revenge" and "I am absolutely aware that at this point our country needs everyone's collaboration".