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17.03.2012 Kenya

Kenya sets general election for March 4, 2013

By AFP
Kenyan premier Raila Amolo Odinga (left) with EU President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels last week.  By Georges Gobet (AFP/File)Kenyan premier Raila Amolo Odinga (left) with EU President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels last week. By Georges Gobet (AFP/File)
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NAIROBI (AFP) - Kenya fixed the date Saturday for the first general elections since deadly post-poll violence four year ago, naming March 4, 2013, to end weeks of heated exchanges between rival politicians.

"We are going by a constitutional court ruling... which requires us to hold elections 60 days from when the parliament term ends," said Ahmed Issack Hassan, chairman of Kenya's Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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