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Kenya President William Ruto has called on rich countries and global lenders to review debt owed by poorer African nations, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The Kenyan president said the heavy burden of debt repayments risked wiping out development gains on the continent.

Citing a similar premise given by Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, Ruto said that African countries were particularly burdened by conflict and climate change.

The call for debt relief comes at a time when several African countries have expressed concern over the weight of repayments.

Last year, Kenya spent 6.5 billion dollars to repay debts, according to the country’s national treasury, which is more than half of the revenue collected by the government.

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