The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced the 55-year-old Kenya Kwanza leader. He needed 50 per cent plus one of the countrywide tally plus one, and 25 per cent of the votes in at least 24 counties.
Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes representing 50.49 percent of the final vote, while Raila received 6,942,930 votes this 48.85 percent, as announced by IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati at the Bomas of Kenya national tallying centre.
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He defeated 77-year-old Raila Odinga, once a fiery and iconic opposition leader who has lost, counting this election, five times.
The Deputy President managed to get a majority votes from the critical, vote-rich Mt Kenya region, leading in most counties.
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