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8.05.2010

Kenya says yes

With over half of ballots counted, it looks like Kenya's constitution will indeed be approved by the public. Consistent with pre-referendum polls, the yes position seems to have well over 60% of public support.

Remarkably, and surprisingly to many observers, the campaign before the referendum was carried out in a generally peaceful manner. Perhaps this will mark a new chapter in Kenya's history, one of constrained government and effective protection of rights. Constitutional adoptions are indeed moments of hope for renewal. The tough work, of course, will only occur when this constitution comes into operation and elections are held, but there is much to be optimistic about, at least on paper. But these institutions will only be effective if there is a thoroguh housecleaning of the political class and judiciary, and there is not much to suggest that such will occur.

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