Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kenya sworn in indicted Kenyatta as new president

Kenyatta (Photo credit: Al Jazeera English)
Uhuru Kenyatta, the winner of last month's presidential election in Kenya, who is indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, is sworn in as Kenya's new president today.

TV reports showed Mr Kenyatta, 51, in a Nairobi Stadium holding a Bible, saying: "I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Republic of Kenya".

Media reports said many Kenyans hope that the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's first president, will live up to his pledge to be a leader for all and not just work for people from his own ethnic group, a practice they have come to expect from their politicians.

His deputy William Ruto, also faces ICC charges, which like Mr Keyatta, stem from the deadly post election clashes in that country in late 2007 and early 2008. Shortly after his election, Kenyatta promised to co-operate with the ICC.

Written by Modou S. Joof

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