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UPDATE ~ Kenya constitution referendum held with only minor incidents

[JURIST] Following up on a report earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, Kenyans voted Monday in a divisive referendum [Reuters backgrounder] that officials said proceeded relatively smoothly, despite minor incidents in Nairobi's largest slum and various allegations of bribery. Voters came out to support or oppose a proposed new constitution [PDF text] that critics claim fails to limit presidential powers and gives women the right to inherit family land, contrary to the customs of some tribes. Supporters praised the proposed land reforms that block foreigners from owning land and greatly reduce the term for which foreigners can lease land. Nine people were killed and dozens injured in multiple riots and clashes [JURIST report] in the lead-up to the charter vote. Kenyaweb has background. AP has more.

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