x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Kenya inaugurates Uhuru Kenyatta as president

Mr Kenyatta - Kenya's fourth president - becomes the second sitting African president to face charges at the International Criminal Court over allegations he helped orchestrate the vicious tribe-on-tribe violence that marred Kenya's 2007 presidential election.

NAIROBI // Leaders from across Africa have flown into Nairobi to watch today's swearing-in, which is taking place at a sports stadium filled with tens of thousands of rowdy Kenyatta supporters.

Kenyatta, 51, is the son of Kenya's first president, Jomo Kenyatta. His March 4 election victory, with 50.07 per cent of the vote, was upheld by the country's Supreme Court after an election challenge from outgoing prime minister Raila Odinga.

Mr Kenyatta - Kenya's fourth president - becomes the second sitting African president to face charges at the International Criminal Court over allegations he helped orchestrate the vicious tribe-on-tribe violence that marred Kenya's 2007 presidential election.

That trial is scheduled to begin in July. Mr Kenyatta's deputy, William Ruto, faces similar charges at the ICC.