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Kenyans say "yes" to new constitution

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Kenyans say "yes" to new constitution


Voting for change, Kenyans have said yes to a new constitution in a peaceful referendum.

The reforms have been promoted as a way of making sure there is no repeat of post-election violence that hit the country in 2008. More than 1,000 people died in the tribal unrest.

Back then there were allegations that elections had been rigged in favour of President Mwai Kibaki.

The drawing up of a new constitution was a key part of a power-sharing deal struck between then-rivals Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to end the violence.

The constitution aims to boost civil liberties, reduce tribal tension, address corruption and place greater checks on presidential power.

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