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January 4, 1993: Moi sworn in fourth term as Kenyan President

Today in History: January 4, 1993: Moi sworn in fourth term as Kenyan President

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Moi sworn in fourth term as Kenyan President

1993 - Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi began a fresh five-year term after defeating a fragmented opposition in multi-party elections that changed the political face of his country. Moi, 68, was sworn in for a fourth term at a solemn ceremony at State House, his official residence in Nairobi, barely minutes after the electoral commission declared he had won the first pluralist poll in 26 years. The National Electoral Commission revised the vote for Moi in elections to 1,964,534 against 1,402,069 for his closest rival, Kenneth Matiba of FORD-Asili. Wearing a dark suit and holding a Bible in one hand, Moi took the oath of allegiance, watched by a small group of supporters and foreign diplomats many of whom have been strongly critical of his 14-year rule.

January 4

1618 - Francis Bacon becomes Lord Chancellor of England.

1717 - The Netherlands, Great Britain, and France sign the Triple Alliance.

1762 - Britain declares war against Spain and Naples.

1865 - The New York Stock Exchange is moved to its first permanent headquarters at 10–12 Broad Street.

1908 - Mulai Hafid is proclaimed sultan of Morocco at Fez.

1918 - France’s former prime minister Joseph Caillaux is arrested for treason.

1919 - Russian Bolsheviks capture Riga, Latvia.

1932 - Indian government introduces emergency powers as Indian National Congress is declared illegal.

1948 - Britain grants independence to Burma.

1951 - North Korean and Chinese forces captured Seoul during Korean War.

1962 - First unmanned subway train runs in New York.

1973 - Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is robbed of $2 million worth of art, including a Rembrandt valued at $1 million.

1990 - Pakistan’s worst-ever railway disaster near Sukkur results in the deaths of at least 350 people and injures hundreds.

1998 - Swedish police arrest 314 people after violence erupts at a neo-Nazi concert outside Stockholm.

1999 - The euro single currency is launched.

2000 - Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais, Emirati philanthropist, dies on a flight from Lahore to Dubai.

2001 - India successfully test flies its long-delayed frontline Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

2006 - Shaikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, dies.

2009 - A female suicide bomber strikes Shiite pilgrims in Baghdad, killing 38 people.

2010 - Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is inaugurated in Dubai.

2011 - Salman Taseer, the Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province, is shot dead by his security guard in Islamabad.

2016 - Former Lebanese foreign minister Fouad Boutros dies at the age of 98.