UN hails peaceful Kenya referendum

August 8, 2010 12:00 am

, UNITED NATIONS, Aug 8 – UN chief Ban Ki-moon has hailed as a "major milestone" the adoption of a new constitution in Kenya\’s inclusive and peaceful referendum.

Ban, currently on a visit to Japan, "congratulates the people of Kenya for the passing of the new constitution, a major milestone in addressing the country\’s long-term challenges," his spokesman, Martin Nesirky, said in a statement.

Describing Wednesday\’s referendum as "an inclusive, peaceful and well-organized process," the secretary general pledged that the world body would continue to support the Kenyan government and people "in their efforts to further reconciliation, accelerate development and strengthen democratic institutions and governance in their country."

More than two thirds of Kenyan voters endorsed the new charter in the referendum to replace the country\’s 1963 independence constitution blamed for inequality and political patronage.

The referendum was the first national voting since the 2007 polls triggered violence that killed some 1,500 people.


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