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The United States of America and the United Kingdom have sent congratulatory messages to president Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on their inauguration to serve their second terms.
The UK’s Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart, was in the country and attended the inauguration luncheon at State House and met with President Uhuru Kenyatta and passed on a message of congratulations from UK Prime Minister Theresa May, alongside an invitation to the Commonwealth Summit in London next year. The UK called for dialogue in the country and says that with the elections now over, Kenya can move forward after a prolonged, divisive, election period in a new spirit of reconciliation.
The US said it is also aware of the situation in the country, and despite congratulating the president, said it is deeply concerned about the ongoing political tensions in Kenya. In a statement from the US State department, America urged Kenya's security forces to refrain from the use of unnecessary force against citizens exercising their democratic rights.