Kenyatta Sworn In as Kenyan President

Becomes Africa's 2nd president facing ICC charges

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 9, 2013 3:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as Kenya's fourth president. The country's chief justice administered the oath of office to Kenyatta in a sports stadium packed with tens of thousands of Kenyans and about a dozen African leaders today. Kenyatta, 51, the son of Kenya's first president, becomes the second sitting African president to face charges at the International Criminal Court over allegations he helped orchestrate the vicious tribe-on-tribe violence that marred Kenya's 2007 presidential election.

Before the March 4 vote, the top US official for Africa warned of "consequences" if Kenyatta was voted into office. European countries offered similar warnings. But the US ambassador and European ambassadors were in attendance at today's ceremony, and analysts say they doubt the warnings of consequences will amount to very much.

Members of the Kenyan military parade as they practice ahead of the presidential inauguration which is due to take place on Tuesday, at the Kasarani stadium near Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, April 5, 2013.   (Ben Curtis)
Members of the Kenyan military parade as they practice ahead of the presidential inauguration which is due to take place on Tuesday, near Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, April 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as president of Kenya today.   (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
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