On 9 April, Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya's founding father Jomo Kenyatta, was officially sworn in as the new president of the East African country.

Mr Kenyatta's tight victory in the 4 March first round election (gaining 50.07 percent of the vote; a runoff was avoided by barely 4,000 votes) ran against Raila Odinga, the son of the country's first Vice President Oginga Odinga. Mr Odinga lodged a petition with the Kenyan Supreme Court claiming corruption due to technical difficulties and a relatively high proportion of invalid votes. His petition was rejected, although an investigation into the technical failings is being carried out by Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission after recommendations by the court.

Kenyatta's arrival in office follows a calm election, especially when compared with 2007 and 2008, where post-election violence claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people. The decrease in political uncertainty following the election may help to calm international fears of civil unrest in the country and encourage wider investment in key infrastructure.

However, there are still big obstacles for Kenya. First, there is unequal distribution of wealth and land due to corruption. Mr Kenyatta is one of the largest landowners in the country, and many fear that he will continue to encourage social and financial division as his father did. Secondly, Mr Kenyatta and his election running mate Mr William Ruto are due to go on trial at the ICC this year for their part in the 2007/2008 post-election violence. Such proceedings potentially undermine Mr Kenyatta's position as the new head of state and may also create tension with western governments, which may have been hoping for another winner.