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Kenya promulgates new constitution

08-27-2010 17:16 BJT

NAIROBI, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- A new constitution of Kenya has been promulgated at a historic ceremony attended by six African heads of state in the capital city Nairobi.

President Mwai Kibaki promulgated the new constitution on Friday before thousands of Kenyans who braved a chilly weather to witness the historic occasion.

President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Vice- President Kalonzo Musyoka including the country's Chief Justice Evans Gicheru took the oath of office at the colorful ceremony in Nairobi.

The mood across Uhuru Park, the venue of the celebrations, and around the country is ecstatic as Kenyans witnessed the signing of the document they expect will lead to greater accountability, transparency, good governance, respect for human dignity, justice for all and patriotism.

The event was witnessed by six African heads of state and government, who began arriving in Nairobi on Thursday.

The new constitution alters the current governance structure by introducing county governments and trimming presidential powers.

Business leaders and market analysts have endorsed the new law, saying the document has the potential to put the country on a more stable foundation for long term growth.

Both Kibaki and Odinga back the new constitution which is part of a reform package they committed themselves to after signing a power-sharing deal in February 2008.

That deal ended violence that killed more than 1,000 people following Kenya's disputed December 2007 presidential vote.

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