France welcomes Kenya constitution vote

August 6, 2010 12:00 am

, PARIS, Aug 6 – France said Friday that a referendum vote by Kenyans to adopt a new constitution is an "important stage" in the country\’s reconciliation process after the bloodshed unleashed by 2007 elections.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages said the apparently peaceful referendum was a "positive signal for the preparation of elections to come."

Some 67 percent of voters backed the new constitution, according to Kenya\’s electoral commission, and the vote defied fears of a repeat of the violence of 2007 and 2008, when political and ethnic clashes left around 1,500 dead.


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