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Ruto officially takes over State House

06 October 2014, 19:35 William Korir

Nairobi - William Ruto is officially president of Kenya after taking over the post on an acting basis from president Uhuru Kenyatta Monday.

Ruto took over the position just before 6PM local time in Nairobi, after president Kenyatta handed over the reigns of power in a short ceremony.

Kenyatta is headed to the Hague for his crimes against humanity trial at the International Criminal Court ICC and he left his usual Harambee House office in Nairobi's Central Business District in a personal car with a personal driver and bodyguard.

Ruto emerged half an hour later and was accorded full presidential honours including the security and escort, usually assigned to the president.

Uhuru said in a Parliamentary speech earlier that he would not take Kenya's sovereignty for granted and would step aside temporarily so as to head to the Hague as a civilian.

The official Twitter account of the president also acknowledged Ruto's temporary ascension and said that from now henceforth, he would communicate on social media through those lines.

Read also: Uhuru makes history as he heeds ICC summon

Uhuru is expected to leave the country Tuesday morning for the Hague, where he will attend a status conference on the position of his current trial.

The conference takes place October 8.

During campaigns for the presidency in January 2013, Uhuru said he would attend all trials if called upon to, if he became president and he was keen to repay his debt.

" I will attend the trial if called upon to by the ICC. I insist that this is a personal matter of personal credence and I will treat it like that, president or not," he then said.

He has kept his word.

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