"Blackmail, intimidation, threats have come to a stop", new Kenyan President

“Blackmail, intimidation, threats have come to a stop”, new Kenyan President

The new Kenyan president, William Ruto, is speaking for the first time since his rival, Raila Odinga, rejected the results, saying he will hail freedom of speech and democratic values.

“Blackmail, intimidation, threats have come to a stop. I want to promise the people of Kenya that our administration will have nothing to do with the blackmail we have seen,” Mr Ruto said.

He has asked public servants who have been “forced to take political positions to step back” and do their work professionally.

“We are having our democratic country back,” he continued.

Mr Ruto secured 50.49% of the vote after beating the candidate backed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, perennial loser Raila Odinga, 48,85%.

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