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Kenya constitutional referendum campaigning begins

[JURIST] Official campaigning began Friday for Kenya's controversial draft constitution, on which a referendum will be held November 21 [JURIST report]. The proposed draft [PDF text] has divided the country [JURIST report] over issues including presidential power controls, separation of church and state, and distribution of government powers. Kenya's political parties have squabbled over the document [JURIST report] and an unsuccessful bid was made at Kenya's High Court to block the vote [JURIST report]. If approved, the changes would be the first made to Kenya's government [CIA Factbook profile] since it declared independence 42 years ago. From South Africa, the Mail & Guardian has more.

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