It was just a 10-minute statement on a Saturday night at 5 p.m., Nairobi time, but it was enough to effectively end any post-election uncertainty.
Kenya’s Supreme Court has upheld the declaration of victory of Jubilee coalition candidate Uhuru Kenyatta as president by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission after a tense week of hearings, partial recounts and waiting. Kenyatta will be sworn in on April 9.
The unanimous ruling of the six-judge panel effectively ends prime minister Raila Odinga’s legal (and political) challenge to Kenyatta’s victory — Kenyatta defeated Odinga (pictured above) with a first-round victory of just 50.07% to 43.31, avoiding a direct runoff by just 0.07%.
So the United States and the European Union will now have to find out how to work with someone who’s still technically a defendant for war crimes before the International Criminal Court.
Read all of Suffragio‘s coverage of the March 4 general election here.