New York: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zayed Ra'ad al-Hussein, called on political leaders in Kenya to stabilize the situation in the country after the presidential elections.
"There is a critical situation in Kenya. Political leaders of the country must do their best to stabilize the political turmoil in the country. If someone has a complaint about how the elections were held, they should be presented using legitimate, constitutional methods," he said.
Zaid Ra'ad al-Hussein recalled the right of citizens to peaceful protests and the authorities' obligation to provide them with this right.
"Representatives of law enforcement bodies should exercise restraint, readiness for dialogue and use force only when necessary. Those who go to protest are also not to resort to violence, and political leaders must send a clear message to their supporters about the need to behave peacefully, "the High Commissioner said.
On Friday, August 11, Kenya announced the results of the presidential election.
Uhuru Kenyatta was elected new president of Kenya, William Ruto became vice president of the country.
Presidential elections in Kenya were held on August 8 this year. Opposition candidate and ex-Prime Minister of the country Raila Odinga scored 44% of the vote, losing to the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.
On the streets of Kenyan cities, demonstrations continue against the results of the presidential election, as a result of which 11 people died during the protests. The Kenyan police have taken measures to strengthen security measures ahead of the expected announcement of the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta as the country's president. Odinga announced the falsification of election results through the intervention of hackers.
According to experts, demonstrations in Kenya can lead to armed confrontation. But with the aim of avoiding krapolitiya in the country, the newly elected president can initiate the creation of a coalition government by uniting with his main competitor in the elections, Rail Oding.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Federica Mogherini, said that the European Union expects all parties to hold elections in Kenya, as well as investigations into abuse of power.
Uhuru Kenyatta is the fourth president of Kenya. He has held this position since 2013. In 2002, Kenyatta already ran for presidency, but lost. The International Criminal Court accused Kenyatta of crimes against humanity, claiming that it launched a campaign of violence in the country after losing the election, but subsequently the charges were dropped because of a lack of evidence.