Joe Biden Congratulates Ruto, Praises Raila

  • A collage of U.S President Joe Biden and President-elect William Ruto
    A collage of U.S President Joe Biden and President-elect William Ruto
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  • U.S President Joe Biden sent his congratulatory message to Kenya's president-elect William Ruto. 

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in a media briefing stated that Biden had congratulated Kenyans on the conclusion of a peaceful electoral process.

    She also noted that Biden had praised Azimio leader Raila Odinga for accepting the outcome of the presidential petition and for respecting the judgement of the Supreme Court.

    “We congratulate William Ruto on his election as president of Kenya. We commend Raila Odinga for abiding by the Supreme Court’s ruling,” the White House Press Secretary stated.

    U.S President Joe Biden on a call
    U.S President Joe Biden on a call
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    The US also complimented Kenyans for holding a peaceful electoral process.

    "We also congratulate the people of Kenya on the conclusion of a peaceful electoral process we commend Raila Odinga and other candidates for abiding by the Supreme Court filing transparent electoral processes and the peaceful education adjudication of disputes our testimony to the strength of democratic institutions," Jean-Pierre stated.

    "The United States and Kenya share a strong and long-standing partnership based on a commitment to democracy security economic Prosperity we look forward to," she added.

    The message from the White House comes days after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Ruto stating that the US was hopeful to continue working with the new government and deepening the two nations' longstanding partnership.

    Blinken also praised Raila Odinga for accepting the Supreme Court ruling. 

    "We commend Raila Odinga and other candidates for abiding by the Supreme Court ruling. Transparent electoral processes and the peaceful adjudication of disputes are testaments to the strength of democratic institutions," he said.

    "The United States and Kenya share a strong and longstanding partnership based on a commitment to democracy, security, and economic prosperity.  We look forward to enhancing this partnership with President Ruto and his new government."

    Ruto also received congratulatory messages from the United Kingdom's Minister for Africa Vicky Ford and received a call from French President Emmanuel Macron.

    In a statement released by the French government, the two leaders expressed their desire to deepen the Franco-Kenyan relationship within the framework forged during Macron's 2019 visit. 

    Macron highlighted that both governments would work together to improve areas of infrastructure, agriculture and health. 

    Uhuru and Macron at State House Nairobi.
    Uhuru and Macron in a Kenyan-assembled Peugeot vehicle at State House, Nairobi in March 2019.
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