Israeli President Herzog Congratulates President-Elect William Ruto

Israeli President Herzog Congratulates President-Elect William Ruto

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,22ND AUG,2022-Israeli president Isaac Herzog has sent president-elect William Ruto a congratulatory message.

Israel’s ambassador to Kenya, Michael Lotem, personally delivered Dr. Ruto the message from President Herzog at his Karen residence in Nairobi.

On Monday afternoon, Dr. Ruto posted a response to the message on Twitter with the caption, “Received congratulations message from President of Israel Isaac Herzog that was presented by ambassador Michael Lotem, Karen, Nairobi County.”

He provided pictures of him and Ambassador Lotem at his residence with other government representatives.

The Israeli leader joins the list of various heads of state and envoys who have congratulated the outgoing deputy president since he was declared president-elect last Monday.

Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairperson Wafula Chebukati declared William Ruto as the winner of the presidential election after garnering 7,176,141 votes, representing 50.49 per cent of the total votes cast.

Former prime minister Raila Odinga, who has since rejected the results, came in second with 6,942,930 votes.

On Thursday, Russia congratulated Ruto and said it looks forward to “developing comprehensive and mutually beneficial cooperation with Kenya.”

“We are confident that the friendly relations between our two countries and peoples will be reinvigorated and further strengthened,” read a statement from the Russian Embassy in Kenya.

On Wednesday, in a joint statement, Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and The United Kingdom called on all political parties and political leaders to follow the law in pursuing justice.

The envoys noted the peaceful manner in which the elections were conducted have also commended Kenyans for remaining peaceful during and after the polls.

The ambassadors and high commissioners also lauded efforts by IEBC in organising the elections and the roles played by security officers, civil society, religious and business leaders in ensuring a smooth process.

In the meantime, the Supreme Court is set to give its verdict on the legitimacy of Ruto’s election in the next two weeks.

This is after Odinga filed a petition challenging the results, citing electoral malpractice and violation of electoral laws by IEBC.

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