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William Kipchirchir Samoei arap Ruto
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Deputy President of Kenya
Assumed office
9 April 2013
President Uhuru Kenyatta
Preceded by Kalonzo Musyoka
as Vice President
Minister for Higher Education
In office
21 April 2010 – 19 October 2010
President Mwai Kibaki
Prime Minister Raila Odinga
Succeeded by Hellen Jepkemoi Sambili (acting)
Minister of Agriculture
In office
17 April 2008 – 21 April 2010
President Mwai Kibaki
Prime Minister Raila Odinga
Preceded by Kipruto Rono Arap Kirwa
Succeeded by Sally Kosgei
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
30 August 2002 – December 2002
President Daniel Toroitich arap Moi
Preceded by George Saitoti
Succeeded by Moody Awori
Member of Parliament
In office
Preceded by Reuben Chesire
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Constituency Eldoret North
Personal details
Born 21 December 1966 (1966-12-21) (age 54)
Kamagut, Rift Valley Province, Kenya
Nationality Kenyan
Political party Jubilee (2016–present)
URP (2012–2016)
Rachel Chebet (m. 1991)
Children 7
Alma mater University of Nairobi (PhD, MSc & BSc)
Religion Africa Inland Church

William Samoei arap Ruto (born 21 December 1966) is a Kenyan politician. He has been Deputy President of Kenya since 2013. Ruto served as the Acting President of Kenya between 5 and 8 October 2014 while President Uhuru Kenyatta was away at the Hague. He previously served in various ministerial positions including the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Higher Education. He was Secretary General of KANU, the former ruling political party. Ruto was a member of Parliament for Eldoret North Constituency between December 1997 and January 2013. He won the seat in the 1997 Kenyan election after defeating Reuben Chesire.

Ruto has been charged with crimes including murder by the International Criminal Court. The trial has been ongoing since 10 September 2013.

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