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Kenya’s President-Elect Ruto Stamps Authority on Parliament

  • Ruto allies elected as speaker in both parliamentary chambers
  • Lawmakers likely to review budget to align with Ruto’s agenda
William Ruto

William Ruto

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William Ruto, who won Aug. 9 presidential elections by a razor-thin margin, stamped his authority over the East African nation’s parliament on Thursday, with his allies securing key posts in both chambers. 

Moses Wetangula, a long-serving lawmaker and senior member of Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza coalition, was elected speaker of the National Assembly -- the third-most senior role in the government after that of the president and the deputy. Wetangula defeated Kenneth Marende, who served as speaker from 2008 to 2013 and had the backing of an alliance led by Raila Odinga, the runner-up in last month’s presidential vote.