Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has been sworn-in as opposition president in a direct challenge to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rule.

The symbolic event conducted with the Bible saw Odinga took oath of office in front of thousands of ecstatic supporters on Tuesday.

“I, Raila Omolo Odinga, do swear that I will protect the nation as people’s president, so help me God,” he said as the crowd cheered.

Watch as Odinga takes the oath of office:

The government had warned that he risked being charged for treason, an offence punishable by death.

In spite of the warning, he took a symbolic oath of office on Tuesday.

Odinga, who boycotted the country’s disputed election last year, swore himself in as the “people’s president” at a mock inauguration ceremony Tuesday in protest against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Thousands of opposition supporters gathered at Uhuru Park in central Nairobi to attend the “swearing-in” protest event, which was organized by Odinga’s National Super Alliance (NASA).

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