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Breaking: Supreme Court rejects Raila Odinga’s legal challenge

By: Melanie Aanyu

Aanyu Melanie | 95timefm

Kenya Supreme Court has rejected Raila Odinga’s challenge to the presidential election result meaning that Willian Ruto is confirmed as the winner of the 9 August poll and is the president-elect.

The Court found that petitioners did not provide a watertight case for the nullification of results on the basis that the 50%-plus-one constitutional threshold for an outright win was not met.

It says that William Ruto did get more than 50% plus one votes.

The Supreme Court began delivering judgment in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the results of last month’s presidential election and has left the East African nation in political limbo.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga, who failed to secure the presidency on his fifth attempt, along with six other parties, petitioned the court to nullify William Ruto’s win, alleging there were massive irregularities that compromised the fairness of the Aug. 9 vote.

William Ruto will be sworn in as president next week.