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South Sudan president welcomes Kenyatta’s re-election

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 President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, celebrated with Deputy President William Ruto on Friday 11 August 2017 (Reuters/Thomas Mukoya)

August 13, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has sent a congratulatory message welcoming the re-election of the incumbent Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying the victory was a testament of trust the coalition government has earned from the Kenyan people.

“Under your leadership, Kenya has remained key regional economic, peace and security partner. The people of South Sudan are particularly grateful for your contribution to restoring peace in our nation”, said president Kiir in a congratulatory message dated August 12, 2017, to President Kenyatta.

Kiir assured his commitment to continue to extend collaboration and deepen historic relations for mutual benefits of the citizens of the two countries.

“Your victory is a testament of the trust that the Jubilee coalition has earned from the people of Kenya and their appreciation of the efforts made toward the development of your country during the last five years,” the congratulatory message read.

On Friday, Kenya’s electoral commission announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta had won the election by 1.4 million votes. Also, international observers said the vote on was fairly fair, as the local observers supported the results.

But Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga contested the results and called for a strike to protest it. He further accused the ruling party and security forces of "spilling the blood of innocent people".

In a related development, Kofi Annan Former U.N. Secretary General, who Annan mediated during a post-election crisis a decade ago, called on Kenyan political leaders to be "careful with their rhetoric and actions" and urged opposition leader Raila Odinga to pursue any complaints about the vote in court.

Odinga has rejected the results, claiming massive fraud, and said he will not go to court to challenge them.

Press reports say the death toll from the electoral violence reached to at least 24 people

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  • 14 August 2017 03:07, by john locke

    Kiir has no idea what he is doing. The same man who called a cease fire and a national dialogue is the same man who just days ago attacked pagak. Kiir is a confused dictator who wont rest until he is removed militarily

  • 14 August 2017 05:37, by Agany Malim

    Iam not against kiir but his idea and tribal council of jieng participation in affairs of nation will take us nowhere than killing ourselves. Mr president it will remain challenge to you for there is no one that will send you cogratulatory msg in recognition as re-elected president once again!

    • 14 August 2017 10:15, by dinkdong

      Museveni will send him a congratulatory message should an election, God knows when happen to be held and of course win it.

  • 14 August 2017 09:08, by dinkdong

    Like that would be a good example to him. Hypocrite!

  • 14 August 2017 09:35, by Bol Ajou Ajou

    We are the people to advise the national gov inorder to make transparency, but we failed to do that ! Always adding fuel for what now?

  • 14 August 2017 09:41, by Bol Ajou Ajou

    To comment on this article i personally urge mr. President to do the same like what had been done in U.S.A peacefull transition of power.

  • 14 August 2017 13:21, by Mike Charlie MC

    he send congratulation message ,,, just because he had been supported by Uhuru ,,, to destroy South Sudan ,,,,, ,,,

    • 14 August 2017 14:03, by Redeemer

      John Locke
      Riek refused ceasefire saying he is not a party to and you guys supported him, do you think Kiir is sleeping? that is how he responds to ignorance people like you. Don’t cry just stick to your words

  • 14 August 2017 13:59, by gatkhor Nueri

    I dislike Uhuru kanyatta more than Salva Kiir because if you give him money he can sell our his family.
    He is very very useless man all over the world.



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