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Minister for Africa comments on Kenyan election results

Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds has congratulated the people of Kenya on their elections.

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Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds

Commenting on the announcement of results in the Kenyan elections, Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, said:

“I congratulate the Kenyan people for the peaceful and determined spirit in which Monday’s elections were conducted. Kenyans have expressed their sovereign will, and I congratulate all the candidates who have been successful. This is a historic moment for Kenya, when the Kenyan people have come together at the ballot box to achieve the promise of the new constitution and choose their future leaders.

“I urge all sides to show patience and restraint, to accept defeat or take any disputes to the courts. I am confident that any disputes will be dealt with by the courts swiftly and fairly. I appeal to all parties to maintain the same peaceful and democratic spirit that we have witnessed so far.

“The UK greatly values its deep and historic partnership with Kenya, and will continue to work in support of stability, security, development and prosperity.”

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Published 9 March 2013