Clinton warns Kenya must avoid 2007-style vote chaos
NAIROBI, Kenya – Looking ahead to Kenya’s national vote in March, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday warned leaders and citizens in the East African nation not to repeat the deadly violence that plunged the country into chaos after disputed presidential elections five years ago.
Clinton said Kenya had the potential to prove its democratic maturity and be an international model for free, fair and transparent elections. But she made clear that further election unrest would damage Kenya’s economy and global standing.
“Not only is this important for the people of Kenya, but the eyes of the world will be on this election,” Clinton told civic leaders and members of Kenya’s electoral commission after meetings with President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the chief justice of the Supreme Court and parliament speaker.
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