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Kenya’s New President Facing Tough Challenges

Uhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in as Kenya’s president, the fourth since the nation gained independence 50 years ago.

Kenyatta took the oath, using the same Bible as his father, Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president.

The U.S. had warned of what it called “consequences” if ¬†Kenyatta was voted into office, as it weighed how to deal with a leader indicted by the International Criminal Court .

But U.S. and European ambassadors did join about a dozen African leaders and government officials from around the world for Kenyatta’s inauguration in Nairobi – a sign, perhaps, of Kenya’s strategic and economic importance.

For his part, Kenyatta gave commitments on everything from the economy and employment to education and the environment.

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