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KENYA ELECTION: World Leaders Congratulate Uhuru

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta inspect Chinese honour guards in China recently

Kenya President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta continues to receive messages of congratulations from world leaders following his re-election in August 8 elections.

The latest congratulatory messages have come from Chinese President Xi Jinping, European Union and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

President Xi told President Kenyatta said China treasures the strong relations with Kenya.

“During your participation in the Road and Belt Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing last May, we had an in depth exchange of views on the development of bilateral relations and reached extensive consensus,” said Xi.

“I attach high importance to China-Kenya relations and I am ready to work with Your Excellency to enhance the China-Kenya Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Relationship and further benefit our two countries and our people.”

The European Union congratulated President Kenyatta in a message delivered by the EU Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

The EU highly praised the election as “credible, free, fair and transparent.”

The EU also committed to continue its “support for Kenya’s development agenda going forward in order to deliver prosperity for all Kenyan citizens.”

The opposition has since dismissed the election as a fraud despite affirmations from international observers that the polls were transparent.

The U.S. government has since praised the electoral process and pledged its full support for the Kenyan government.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also called President Kenyatta, congratulating him for the electoral victory and also pledging “continued cooperation with Israel in the areas of agriculture and security, which are already strong.”

The messages this week followed those by other global leaders which President Kenyatta has received since Friday night.

They range from the Heads of State and/or Government of Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, Burundi and South Sudan in the Eastern African region, to those in other corners of the continent such as South Africa and Namibia, and Nigeria and Ghana, and Egypt and Algeria.

Other key development partners, including the United Kingdom, Spain and Belgium have also congratulated the President on his re-election.


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