January 30, 2018 / 12:06 PM / 4 months ago

Kenyan opposition leader Odinga takes symbolic presidential oath of office

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga took a symbolic presidential oath of office on the Bible in front of thousands of ecstatic supporters on Tuesday in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rule.

Supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition gesture ahead of his planned swearing-in ceremony as the president of the People’s Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

“I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nation as people’s president, so help me God,” he said as the crowd cheered.

reporting by Maggie Fick; writing by Katharine Houreld

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