Hi there,

This month Democracy Now! is celebrating 28 years on the air. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has been committed to bringing you the stories, voices and perspectives you won't hear anywhere else. In these times of war, climate chaos and elections, our reporting has never been more important. Can you donate $10 to keep us going strong? Today a generous donor will DOUBLE your donation, making it twice as valuable. Democracy Now! doesn't accept advertising income, corporate underwriting or government funding. That means we rely on you to make our work possible—and every dollar counts. Please make your gift now. Thank you so much.
-Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


William Ruto Declared Winner of Kenya’s Razor-Thin Presidential Race

HeadlineAug 16, 2022

In Kenya, William Ruto has been declared winner of a highly contested presidential election. Kenya’s electoral commission says Ruto defeated former prime minister and opposition leader Raila Odinga by a narrow margin, getting just over 50% of votes. Ruto has been deputy president of Kenya since 2013. Ruto’s party, the Kenya First coalition, has also won a majority of seats in Kenya’s Senate. At least four Kenyan election commissioners said they did not support the results due to the “opaque nature” of the vote count as diplomats and international election officials were removed from the tallying hall right before Ruto’s victory was announced Monday. Ruto will serve as Kenya’s fifth president since its independence from Britain in 1963. He addressed the East African nation on Monday.

President-elect William Ruto: “There is no room for vengeance. There is no room for looking back. We are looking into the future.”

The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation