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Moving Forward with Constitutional Reform in Kenya

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By Brian Kennedy and Lauren Bieniek

DEC 7, 2010

On August 4, 2010, Kenyans voted in a national referendum in favor of a new constitution, concluding a push for constitutional change that began more than 20 years ago. With more than 67 percent popular support, the passage of a new constitution symbolizes promise and hope in a country where political tensions have remained high since the violent aftermath of the December 2007 elections. Moving Forward with Constitutional Reform in Kenya presents the findings of a September 2010 conference that brought together senior U.S. policymakers, representatives from Washington-based NGOs, regional analysts, and several prominent members of Kenyan civil society to reflect on the constitutional reform process and identify the major challenges for Kenyans moving forward. Topics include the role of civil society, the implications of the new constitution for the rule of law, decentralization of decisionmaking power, land reform, and U.S. engagement with Kenya's reform ambitions.

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