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His ExcellencyWilliam Samoei RutoC.G.H.
Official portrait, 2022
5th President of Kenya
Assumed office
13 September 2022
DeputyRigathi Gachagua
Preceded byUhuru Kenyatta
11th Deputy President of Kenya
In office
9 April 2013 – 13 September 2022
PresidentUhuru Kenyatta
Preceded byKalonzo Musyoka
Succeeded byRigathi Gachagua
Minister for Higher Education
In office
21 April 2010 – 19 October 2010
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Prime MinisterRaila Odinga
Succeeded byHellen Jepkemoi Sambili (acting)
Minister of Agriculture
In office
17 April 2008 – 21 April 2010
PresidentMwai Kibaki
Prime MinisterRaila Odinga
Preceded byKipruto Arap Kirwa
Succeeded byDr Sally Kosgei
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
30 August 2002 – December 2002
PresidentDaniel Toroitich arap Moi
Preceded byGeorge Saitoti
Succeeded byMoody Awori
Member of Parliament
for Eldoret North
In office
Preceded byReuben Chesire
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
BornWilliam Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto
21 December 1966 (age 55)
Kamagut, Kenya
Political partyUnited Democratic Alliance (2021–present)
Other political
Kenya African National Union (before 2005)Orange Democratic Movement (2005–2011)United Republican Party (2012–2016)Jubilee Party (2016–2021)
SpouseRachel Chebet ​(m. 1991)​
Residence(s)State HouseNairobiKenya.
EducationUniversity of Nairobi (BScMScPhD)

William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto (born 21 December 1966) is a Kenyan politician who is serving as the 5th and current president of Kenya since 13 September 2022. Prior to becoming president, he served as the 11th deputy president of Kenya from 2013 to 2022.[1][2][3][4] He previously served in several cabinet positions such as the Minister for Home Affairs, the Minister of Agriculture and as Minister for Higher Education.

Ruto was elected Member of Parliament for Eldoret North constituency from 1997 to 2007, under the KANU and 2007 to 2013 through ODM party. He was the Minister for Home Affairs in the Daniel Arap Moi administration from August to December 2002. Under the Mwai Kibaki administration, he was the Minister for Agriculture from 2008 to 2010 and Minister for Higher Education from April to October 2010. Ruto ran for the deputy presidency in the 2013 election under the United Republican Party, becoming the running mate of Uhuru Kenyatta from The National Alliance (TNA). Their ticket fetched half the total votes cast, attaining the minimum constitutional threshold for an election winner. He subsequently won the deputy presidency under the Jubilee Party alongside his running mate, Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 Kenyan general election. Ruto successfully ran for the presidency in the 2022 election, under the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).√

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