In Kenya, Ruto’s ‘Honeymoon Period’ May Have Hit Its Expiration Date

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Kenyan President William Ruto, seen behind fountain fireworks, holds up a ceremonial sword as he is sworn in to office, Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 13, 2022 (AP photo by Brian Inganga).

Kenyan President William Ruto’s inauspicious first month in office has seen several false starts, unforced errors and warning signs, confirming for some observers that the widespread popular disillusionment that drove voter turnout in August’s presidential election to its lowest level in 15 years was prescient.

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