The first Kenyan woman to lead a government in more than three decades has been inaugurated as president of the nation’s first democratic republic, the country’s biggest and fastest-growing economy says.
Key points:Kenya’s leader is Nana Akufo-Addo, who has been in office for eight yearsMr Akufa-Addom won a landslide victory over her rival, former prime minister and now president Uhuru Kenyatta in the election on SundayMr Akuffa-Addedom was a member of the ruling National Front party but quit after the party’s election victory in 2010The first female head of state of a country where female power is not a rare phenomenon will be sworn in as president at a ceremony in the capital, Nairobi, on Sunday.
Kenya is the world’s youngest republic with a population of just over 2.2 million.
Nana Akuffo-Addedo, 52, won the runoff vote with almost 62 per cent of the vote, the largest margin for a female candidate since her party won power in 2010.
The country’s leader, Uhuru Kennethyatta, was re-elected by the countrys first civilian president in eight years, in a vote that saw him take a commanding lead over his rival.
Speaking on Saturday night, Mr Kenyatta congratulated Ms Akuffon-Addedon for her “great achievement” and said he would continue to work to build the country, while stressing that the nation would continue its democratic transition.
“I congratulate you and wish you success,” Mr Kenya told the crowd of thousands of supporters in a speech that was broadcast live on national television.
“Your great achievement will be that we have a female president who will be the first female prime minister of a republic in more … than three years,” he added.
Ms Akufu-Addedow was Kenya’s first woman leader when she was elected in 2009 and has been a staunch supporter of Mr Kenyan’s independence struggle and has called for a national referendum on a separate nation-state in 2019.
“She will be an outstanding leader who will represent all of Kenyans interests,” Mr Akufofo-Saido said in his victory speech.
“It’s been a difficult and challenging year, but I think the country is better for the journey ahead,” Mr Kashufo added.
In a televised address, Mr Akuffawas wife, Nana, spoke out against the result, saying the “democratic transformation” would not happen without her husband.
“We must not give up hope that our children will live free and happy lives,” she said.
“If we do not do our duty as Kenyas citizens and as Kenyan women, then I pray for all of you that the transformation will not be achieved without you.”
Ms Akuffu-Saidow, who is a mother of five, was also sworn in by Kenya’s president, Uhurul Hailemariam Desalegn, on Saturday.
Kenyans have been waiting for the coronation of a female leader for decades, following the country s first female leader, Mary Robinson, who was appointed in 1974.
Ms Robinson, a prominent civil servant, was assassinated by extremists during her first term in office in 1978, though she is believed to have been the last of three women to succeed President Mwai Kibaki.
Mr Kenyatas first female leaders have been Nana Mwangi and Nana Siti Nguni, both of whom were assassinated in the 1980s.