Ex-Governor Amason Kingi Elected Senate Speaker

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The Kenya Senate has elected former Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi as the speaker.

Kingi garnered 46 out of 67 votes during an election held on Thursday.

His election came shortly after Kalonzo Musyoka withdrew his candidature.

Seven candidates were cleared to contest for the post, according to the house clerk Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye.

"For the position of the Speaker of Senate, the following seven candidates were validly nominated at the close of the nomination period; Issac Aluochier, George Bush, Karuri Fredrick Muchiri, Kingi Amason Kefa, Kinyua Beatrice Gathomi, Kuria George Njoroge and Musyoka Stephen Klaonzo," Nyegenye reiterated.

Elsewhere, Senator Kathure Murungi was elected deputy speaker unopposed after Senator Stewart Madzayo pulled out of the race.

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