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Somalia ex-PM congratulates Uhuru, Ruto
Monday, March 11, 2013

Former Somalia Prime Minister Abdiweli Ali has congratulated President elect Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto after being declared winners in the general election.

Abdiweli called on the losers in the election to concede defeat so that the country could immediately embark on reconciliation and for the economy to start picking up.

“I wish to congratulate Uhuru and Ruto for their win and Kenyans for maintaining peace during the electioneering period,” Abdiweli said.

In a message delivered through Party of National Unity (PNU) chairman Mr Joseph Cherorot on Sunday, Abdiweli said that the fact that the election had been concluded in a peaceful manner was a clear demonstration to the entire world that Kenyans had embraced the full tenets of democracy.

“In any election, there are winners and losers. What is important now is for the former opponents to come together and take the country to the next level in the socio-economic and political front,” He said.

The former Prime Minister said that Kenya had reclaimed its former position as a highland of peace in the African region and that the stability that has been witnessed would have a positive bearing on Somalia which is under reconstruction after decades of war.

“Kenya is a strategic country in the East African region and it is important that the government that will be installed as President Mwai Kibaki prepares to exit the stage after 10 years in power,roots for peace, integration and economic development,”  Abdiweli said.

He said that political leaders should avoid blame games but seek to re-unite the people for the sake of posterity.

Uhuru was declared the winner on Friday by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Mr Isaack Hassan after four days of vote counting and tallying.

But Prime Minister Raila Odinga who contested the Presidency under the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy has rejected the results and said he would move to the Supreme Court to seek for its nullification.


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