Didier Reynders satisfied by the good running of the elections in Kenya

date: 09 March 2013

Following the announcement of the official results of the Kenyan presidential election, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders backs the declaration of High Representative Catherine Ashton. He wishes to congratulate the people of Kenya, who turned out peacefully and in large numbers for these important elections.

Today, the election commission officially declared the head of the Jubilee coalition, Uhuru Kenyatta, the winner of the presidential elections. The elections, which also elected governors and local representatives for the first time, were closely monitored by European observers. The latter expressed their admiration for the population’s lively engagement in democracy. The turnout was over 80%.

Didier Reynders congratulates the Kenyan people and the democratically-elected representatives for their participation. The international community provided great support. Fortunately, there was no repeat of the violence that scarred the previous elections in 2007 and 2008.

Minister Reynders calls on all Kenyans to respect the results of these democratic elections, in adherence with the Constitution adopted in 2010. Any disputes must be resolved by legal means, with no recourse to violence.