President Kenyatta congratulates Canadian PM on his re-election

President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his re-election.

Kenyatta Tuesday pledged to ensure the two countries continue working together to strengthen bilateral ties.

“Hearty congratulations Prime Minister on your re-election. Kenya welcomes your win and looks forward to continue working with your administration in strengthening bilateral ties between our two nations” tweeted State House.

The two leaders have close working relations. In June this year President Kenyatta met the PM where they held key discussions on opportunities to expand trade between the two countries. The two leaders also reiterated their commitment to leadership on oceans and the blue economy.

Elections

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has retained power but a narrow election win means he is forced to lead a minority government as prime minister.

His party will claim the most seats in parliament but their second term will be much harder, relying on other parties to pass legislation.

The Liberals are expected to claim 156 seats, 14 short of a majority.

His centre-right Conservative rivals are heading for 122 seats, a marked increase from the 95 it held before.

In 2015, Trudeau was the “change” candidate, backed by Canadians who were tired of nearly a decade of Conservative rule. But in the last year, he has been dogged by scandals that chipped away at his credibility, including revelations he once wore blackface.

Canada’s parliament has 338 seats, and the party that wins the majority of those seats – 170 or more – automatically forms the government and can easily pass legislation. If no party wins a majority, the parties must team up.

It is unclear which party the Liberals would join forces with to govern, with negotiations set to take place over the coming days.

Monday night’s results could be good news for the country’s left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP) and its leader Jagmeet Singh, who could be kingmaker.

This federal election was seen as a referendum on Mr Trudeau, who endured a bumpy first term, tainted by scandal.

“You did it my friends. Congratulations!” he told cheering supporters in Montreal.

Turning to address those across the country who voted for him, he said: “Thank you for having faith in us to move our country in the right direction.”

And to those who did not back him, he promised his party would govern for everyone.

His weakened grip on power is being seen as a rebuke of his record but the result is bitterly disappointing for Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.

 

 

 

  

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