Germany congratulates President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta

German President Joachim Gauck (right) and Tunisia's President Moncef Marzouki review a honour guard during an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Berlin March 21, 2013. Germany has congratulated Uhuru Kenyatta for being elected Kenya's fourth president April 2, 2013. AFP

Germany has joined the list of foreign nations to congratulate Uhuru Kenyatta for being elected Kenya's fourth president.

"Permit me, both for myself and on behalf of my fellow Germans, to congratulate you most warmly on your election as President of the Republic of Kenya and on the successfully held elections of the National Assembly, the Senate, the Governors and the County Assemblies," Germany President Joachim Gauck said Tuesday.

In a statement, President Gauck wished Mr Kenyatta well in discharging the duties of his office.

"The Federal Republic of Germany will continue to support Kenya on its way to a peaceful and prosperous future," he said.

The German leader said his country was ready to "share information" with Kenya on devolution's best practices.

"I am convinced that the Republic of Kenya will continue on its democratic path and drive forward its successful development. I wish all involved strength and success in further implementing this ambitious reform programme, especially in the field of devolution – an aspect which offers ample opportunity for sharing information between both our countries," President Gauck said.

He lauded Kenyans for the peaceful General Election and said the successful implementation of the Constitution was a proud achievement.

"Together with the Kenyan people we are happy about the largely peaceful conduct of the elections. Kenya may rightly be proud of the implementation of its 2010 Constitution and the establishment of institutions guided by the rule of law which were created under this Constitution."

France, Britain, US , Israel and the European Union, among others, have also congratulated President-elect Kenyatta.


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