Kenya’s President Fires His Cabinet After Nationwide Protests

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Kenya’s President Fires His Cabinet After Nationwide Protests

President William Ruto of Kenya said on Thursday that he was dismissing his cabinet, a significant shake-up in his administration that follows weeks of antigovernment protests in which at least 39 people have been killed during clashes with the police.

The protests were in opposition to a finance bill that Mr. Ruto had said would stabilize the country’s economy. The president announced in a surprise move on June 26 that he would not sign the bill — a victory for the demonstrators — but protests have continued, with many demanding his resignation.

In a hotly anticipated speech at the presidential palace in the capital, Nairobi, on Thursday, Mr. Ruto defended the performance of his administration since his election in 2022, but said that the electorate expected more from his government.

He said that after listening carefully, he had decided to fire the cabinet secretaries with immediate effect, as well as the country’s attorney general. Mr. Ruto said he would retain the foreign minister, Musalia Mudavadi, in the cabinet.



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