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Murray ‘backs’ Scottish independence

MURRAY-QUARTERSGLASGOW, September 18- Scottish tennis ace Andy Murray on Thursday appeared to lend his support to independence on polling day and condemned negative tactics by the “No” camp in a tweet that quickly went viral.

“Huge day for Scotland today! ‘No’ campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. Excited to see the outcome. Let’s do this!” read the tweet on his account @andy_murray.

The last exclamation echoes the one used by pro-independence leader Alex Salmond in a fiery final campaign speech in Perth on Wednesday before polls for the historic vote opened on Thursday.

“Don’t let them tell us we can’t. Let’s do this now,” Salmond said.
Murray’s message was re-tweeted more than 11,000 times, including by Salmond himself, and became a top story on British media sites.

Glasgow-born Murray, 27, who is Britain’s number one tennis player and won Wimbledon last year, does not live in Scotland and therefore cannot vote himself.

He divides his time between London and the United States.

Currently number 12 in the global rankings, Murray was beaten in the quarter-finals of the US Open earlier this month by world number one Novak Djokovic. 

Murray stirred controversy in 2006 when he responded “anyone but England” when asked who he would support in the World Cup, and has avoided making his views known on independence.

Last month he told reporters in the United States: “If Scotland became independent, then I imagine I would be playing for Scotland.” 

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His brother, Jamie Murray, also a professional tennis player, was more explicit about his support for a “Yes” vote.

“Love UK… Love the Royals… but it’s time for Scotland to stand on its own 2 feet and control their own destiny,” he tweeted.

“Scotland is full of smart talented hard working humble people. Have faith in them to run our country successfully,” he said.  

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  1. African

    October 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I guess Kenya has started leasing its army to devil.  The devil will always abandon you when you are down, and might even charge you at ICC for crimes against the humanity. Never trust the devil, even if he comes to you looking like you (obama).

  2. Surad1960

    October 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    As mentioned in this article, the Kenyan cross-border intervention will be successful only if there is a unified approach in dealing with the question of Al-Shabab. i think that Mr Ahmed’s opposition to the invasion of Kenyan boots on the Somali soil sends a clear message to the people of Joma Kenyatta.we denounce all forms of terror whether from Shabab or from a civilian casualties caused by the collateral damage of the cross-fire. we have lost countless lives during the last decade and over and we dont need any more casualties. the Shabab are Somalia and we are at war with them and we will prevail them soon. please Kenya remember that we are more than neighbours, Somalia make up % of Kenyan republic and we have many influences in your lives than the foreigners.

  3. Raage haji mohamed

    October 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    regardless of the embattled president of somalia the so called shiekh sharef says, Kenya should continue on its support to the people of somalia. History will mention on positive notes and the poputlation of the Jubba and Gedo regions will remain thank full to the people to Kenya. This president is himself ashabab and does not speak for us.

  4. Mwaisaka Wangai

    October 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    This Somali president is sounding so ‘kigeugeu’ neither here or there one wonders if he can be trusted. Since he is unable to secure his country, I suggest he should shut up and let the Kenya Army do its job of eradicating al shabaab. 

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