Kenya Election Live Updates: William Ruto Is Declared Winner as Questions Linger

VideoVice President William Ruto of Kenya was named the winner of the country’s presidential election. Before the announcement, four out of the country’s seven election commissioners refused to verify the results.CreditCredit…Tony Karumba/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s vice president, William Ruto, won the country’s presidential election, the head of the electoral commission said Monday, days after a cliffhanger vote in a country that is pivotal to the economy and security of East Africa.

Mr. Ruto gained 50.5 percent of the vote, narrowly defeating Raila Odinga, a former prime minister, said the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Wafula W. Chebukati. That percentage is enough to avert a runoff vote.

But minutes before the result was announced, four of the seven commission members said they could not verify the outcome. The statement raised questions about the legitimacy of the result and is likely to feature in…

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