The United States President, Barack Obama, issued a message to Kenyans February 5, 2013 regarding their upcoming elections. In March 2013, Kenya will be holding the first election since the violent 2008 elections, in which over a thousand people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced. Leading up to the March 4, 2013 elections, there has already been violence among some presidential candidate supporters. Next month, Kenyans go to the polls to elect a new president, parliament, and hundreds of other public offices.
In his address, President Obama stressed that the upcoming elections provide a historic opportunity for Kenyans to “stand together, as a nation, for peace and progress, and for the rule of law.” As Kenyans prepare for the election, President Obama urged them to put aside ethnic ties and to participate peacefully in a revolutionary election.
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