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African Union reaches out to Raila after Supreme Court ruling

African Union (AU) chairperson Moussa Faki has applauded Raila Odinga for promising to abide by the Supreme Court ruling that upheld William Ruto’s victory. 

In a statement on Monday, September 5, Faki applauded the Azimio presidential candidate Raila Odinga for showing great leadership in the prevailing circumstances. 

“I wish to salute the leadership of Hon Raila Odinga for respecting the Supreme Court ruling,” Faki said. 

Raila Odinga accepted the Supreme Court verdict but disagreed with its findings.

The Azimio leader noted the judgment did not mark the end of the Azimio movement but, on the contrary, meant that they would double their efforts to transform the country’s democracy. 

“We have always stood for the rule of law and the constitution. In this regard, we respect the court’s opinion although we vehemently disagree with their decision today,” he said. 

Commending the outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta for his strong and impactful leadership during his tenure, Moussa Faki also congratulated Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and all national stakeholders, for their collective efforts in just concluded elections.

“I congratulate the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and all national stakeholders, for their collective efforts and exemplary conduct in holding peaceful elections up to the outcome of the election petition by the Supreme Court of Kenya,” Faki said.

The African Union chair also congratulated President-elect William Ruto after his win was unanimously upheld by the seven judges of the Supreme Court.

“My warmest congratulations to President-elect Dr. WilliamsRuto on being declared the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya upon the confirmation of the election results,” he said.

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