Raila Odinga sworn in as Kenya’s opposition president
Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has been sworn-in as opposition president in the presence of thousands of ecstatic supporters, a move seen as a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rule.
Odinga took the oath of office saying he, and not President Uhuru Kenyatta, is the country’s rightful leader.
“I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nation as people’s president, so help me God,” he said as the crowd cheered on.
KTN Kenya had reported on the swearing in with video clips from the Uhuru Park, the venue of the inauguration.
Odinga lost an Aug. 8 presidential election that was nullified by the Supreme Court, and boycotted a repeat poll on Oct. 25, saying it would not be free and fair.
According to reports, NTV Kenya, Citizen TV, Inooro TV and KTN had been shut down by the Communications authority while airing proceedings at Uhuru Park.
Attorney general Githu Muigai had warned in December that any “swearing-in” would be treasonous, raising the possibility of Odinga’s arrest, a move that would further heighten tensions.
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