AUC chairperson welcomes peaceful holding of referendum on Kenya's new constitution

15:07, August 08, 2010      

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The chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Jean Ping, welcomes the peaceful and smooth holding of the referendum on Kenya's news Constitution, AU said in a statement on Saturday.

The successful conduct of the referendum marks a further step in the consolidation of democratic institutions and rule of law in Kenya. It also bears testimony to the maturity of the Kenyan people and the commitment of all stakeholders to a free, fair and transparent electoral process, the statement said.

The chairperson of the Commission congratulates the Kenyan coalition Government and other stakeholders for this momentous achievement. He encourages them to build on this success to speed up the implementation of the agenda for reform as agreed to during the Kenya National Dialogue and Reconciliation Process, which was facilitated by the Panel of Eminent African Personalities mandated by the African Union, it added.

In this year, which was proclaimed as the Year of Peace of Security in Africa, the peaceful and smooth conduct of Kenya's referendum should be seen as a success for the entire continent. It is also, in spite of the many challenges being faced, a testimony to the continued progress made by Africa towards the deepening and consolidation of the democratization process which African countries have embarked upon, the statement said.

According to the statement, the chairperson of the Commission reiterates AU's continued and full support to the Kenyan Government and people in the implementation of the new Constitution and the agenda for reform.&

$Source: Xinhua


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