William Ruto and Raila Odinga on Kenya's election

Saturday, 04 November 2017, 11:09:57 PM. Political foes Ruto and Odinga give their perspectives on last week's rerun of Kenya's presidential election.

On October 30, Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of Kenya's presidential election for the second time in three months. 

Kenyans went to the polls for a rerun of the presidential election on October 26, after the country's Supreme Court had nullified the result of an earlier vote held in August. 

The incumbent Kenyatta won 98 percent of the vote in the repeat - but with the opposition boycotting the election, turnout was low. 

Al Jazeera's Mohammed Adow speaks with Deputy President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga on the legitimacy of October's vote and what's next for Kenya. 

"Kenya is progressively becoming a stable progressive democratic state that appreciates that we can have differences of opinion that do not necessarily become division," Ruto tells Adow. "Thursday (October 26) was historic, that we actually managed to deliver a rerun or a repeat presidential election, which was unfortunately boycotted by the opposition."

"They had good reason to boycott. It was obvious, the writing was on the wall: they had lost the election on August 8, they would lose the election again - so they did."

These were sham elections. In our view, they never took place

Raila Odinga

Kenya's electoral commission, the IEBC, has said that voter turnout was 48 percent - a number that has since been revised down. But according to Ruto, the low turnout does nothing to delegitimise his win and that of his running mate, Kenyatta. 

"Unlike other countries where it is mandatory to vote, in Kenya, it is a choice - you can vote or not vote. It is not true that [the Kenyans who did not vote] did not participate in the election. They participated in the election, but they elected not to vote," he says. "So in fact, every Kenyan participated in this election." 

Part 2: Raila Odinga talks to Al Jazeera

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