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Kenyans clash in riot over draft constitution

[JURIST] Kenya's debate over its draft constitution [text, PDF] has erupted into violence, with supporters and opponents clashing in the streets in what has become an increasingly intense disagreement [JURIST report] over a controversial document. Dozens were injured during rioting by machete-wielding demonstrators Wednesday evening in the town of Kakamega in Kenya's Western Province. The incident is the latest in a series of recent violent outbreaks between opposing political factions. Critics say that the document leaves too much power concentrated in the presidency and fails to establish a clear separation between state and religion. The proposed changes are the first Kenyans have attempted to make to their constitution since the country's 1963 independence from Britain. Kenyans will vote on the new charter in a referendum scheduled for November 21. AFP has more.

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