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Remarks Following a Meeting With Kenyan Chief Justice Willy Mutunga

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Nairobi, Kenya
August 4, 2012


I want to thank the Justice for receiving me today. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss with him the progress of the constitutional reform. When the people of Kenya adopted your new constitution, the judiciary was given significant responsibilities, and I am very pleased to hear the progress that is being made. However, I am well aware that there are many issues yet to be decided and many laws to be passed (inaudible).

I discussed with the Chief Justice the upcoming elections next year, which will be so consequential for Kenya. And the United States has pledged to assist the Government and people of Kenya in ensuring that the upcoming elections are free, fair, and transparent, which is the very gift that the people of Kenya gave themselves by passing that new constitution. And we urge that the nation come together and prepare for elections that will be a real model for the entire world.

And again, I thank the Chief Justice for the important role that you and your team are playing. Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you.

PRN: 2012/T69-11


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