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Kenya's new president takes oath

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - 01:24

April 9 - Uhuru Kenyatta takes the oath of office to become Kenya's fourth president against the backdrop of allegations he orchestrated mass violence following a 2007 election. Lindsey Parietti reports.

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A festive inauguration for Kenya's new president. The son of the country's first president following British rule, Uhuru Kenyatta became the nation's fourth on Tuesday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KENYAN PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA SAYING: "And that I will protect and uphold the sovereignty, integrity and the dignity of the people of Kenya, so help me God." His deputy William Ruto was also sworn in. Kenyatta won office in a calm election that followed bloody clashes during a previous vote which he lost. Dozens of heads of state attended the ceremony despite International Criminal Court charges that Kenyatta and Ruto orchestrated violence following the disputed 2007 election. The U.S. and European powers also sent ambassadors to the inauguration, saying they were only engaging in "essential contact." Cheering crowds packed the Nairobi soccer stadium to its 60,000 capacity, with more turned away to watch the broadcast at a nearby venue. A former government minister, the new president has vowed to work for all Kenyans and not just his own ethnic group.

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Kenya's new president takes oath

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - 01:24