In Summary
  • European Union Vice-President Federica Mogherini has hailed President Kenyatta for his re-election, saying the people of Kenya had shown a strong commitment and engagement in the electoral process.
  • The government has warned that police will not tolerate any breach of peace in the country.

Britain, Germany and the European Union have congratulated President Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election even as the opposition vowed to overturn what they called a “sham” result.

“Tuesday was a historic day for Kenya, with millions of Kenyans turning out to vote in the general election. The United Kingdom warmly congratulates President Kenyatta on his re-election,” Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement late Saturday.

“We commend the people of Kenya for their commitment to democracy and salute those who worked tirelessly and courageously towards holding credible elections, often in difficult circumstances,” Mr Johnson added.

European Union Vice-President Federica Mogherini has hailed President Kenyatta for his re-election, saying the people of Kenya had shown a strong commitment and engagement in the electoral process and the strengthening of democracy in the country.

In a statement, Ms Mogherini urged all political forces to look to the future and work together at national and local levels for the good of the country and the people.

RESPECT RESULTS

“In line with the African Union, the EU expects the opposition to respect the results and use available legal mechanisms to raise their complaints,” she said.

German Foreign Affairs minister Sigmar Gabriel said: “I congratulate Uhuru Kenyatta on his re-election. National and international observers consider the elections to have been transparent and credible.”

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