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Kenyatta Hints At Changing Changing Political System Through Referendum

Kenyatta Hints At Changing Changing Political System Through Referendum

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta says the country should revisit the constitution to end “senseless cycles of  violence” which always comes every after elections.

The comments are the latest signal the president may call for a referendum on changes to governance structures.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has hinted at organizing a referendum to change the country’s political system.

A panel picked by Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, his biggest rival in elections in 2017, have proposed reforms to end Kenya’s winner-takes-all political system.

The 2010 constitution was drafted in response to the disputed 2007 vote that led to the death of more than 1,100 people, and was meant to decentralize power, create accountable government and share resources more equitably.

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This is “not a moment to replace the 2010 constitution, but one to improve on it,” Kenyatta, the son of the nation’s first president, said in a speech to mark Independence Day. “A moment that we right what we didn’t get correct in 2010.”

The National Assembly is due to consider a proposed law on referendums this month.
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