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Kenyan lawmakers go to court to block proposed constitution

[JURIST] Two political parties went to court in Kenya on Thursday to try and block a vote on a draft constitution, claiming that President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] manipulated the text to increase his powers. Both the opposition Kenya African National Union [Wikipedia backgrounder] and the Liberal Democratic Party [Wikipedia backgrounder], part of the ruling coalition, joined to ask the High Court to prevent the referendum from going forward [Xinhua report]. The constitution as written has drawn protests from citizens [JURIST report] despite official bans and attempts by Kibaki to drum up support. Reuters has more.

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