Aug. 4, 2010, midnight
Kenyan voters approved a new constitution in a referendum held on Wednesday. Preliminary results show that 67 percent of the nation’s 6.2 million voters choose to adopt the new constitution. The constitutional reforms will spread political power among Kenya’s ethnic groups, reform land ownership laws, and provide more checks on the powers of the presidency. Supporters of the new constitution also claim that it will decentralize power and increase civil liberties. The referendum was part of a peace agreement following Kenya’s 2007 election. Allegations of vote rigging in December of 2007 led to violence, which only ended with a power-sharing agreement between the two leading presidential candidates.