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Kenyans vote for constitutional reform

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Voters in Kenya look set to adopt a new constitution, according to partial results.
An estimated two-thirds of ballots cast in a referendum appear to be in favour.
The law could reshape the politics of east Africa’s largest economy after years of disputed and violent elections.

President Mwai Kibaki backed the new charter to prevent a recurrence of the bloodshed that followed disputed 2007 elections. More than 1300 people died in tribal bloodshed.

In a power-sharing deal with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, it was agreed the new constitution would curtail the powers of the president, present a new Bill of Rights and pave the way for land reform. It is the first radical change since Kenya won independence from Britain in 1963.