Kenya Adopts American-Style Constitution

A system of checks and balances is still in place.

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Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki holds up new constitution.

Kenya has adopted a constitution that models itself after the U.S. Constitution. Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki signed a new constitution into law Friday that institutes a U.S.-style system of checks and balances, which has been lauded as the most significant political event since Kenya's independence nearly 50 years ago. Kenya's new constitution is part of a reform package that leaders there 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. Hopefully, members of the government and National Assembly won't model American behavior by trying to change the constitution to suit partisan needs.

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