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Kenya’s Presidential Elections
Kenya is an East African country accustomed to presidential elections. It is also familiar with election results being contested, often involving riots that sadly result in deaths. The 2022 presidential election followed this pattern, but only to a certain extent.

On September 5, 2022, the Supreme Court of Kenya ratified the election of William Ruto as President of the Republic, thus confirming the results announced on August 15, 2022, by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which awarded Ruto the victory with an advantage of about 233,000 votes (50.49 percent, against 48.85 percent) over Raila Odinga. The Court then rejected the appeals by Odinga, who had alleged fraud, and said that the irregularities reported were not of such a magnitude as to affect the final result of the presidential election.

After this result, it is appropriate to analyze the functioning of Kenyan democracy, which moves each time within the same scenario – elections, contestations, appeals, confirmation of the winner – often interspersed with episodes of violence.
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