Kenyan lawmakers go to court to block proposed constitution

[JURIST] Two political parties went to court in Kenya on Thursday to try and block a vote on a draft constitution, claiming that President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] manipulated the text to increase his powers. Both the opposition Kenya African National Union [Wikipedia backgrounder] and the Liberal Democratic Party [Wikipedia backgrounder], part of the ruling coalition, joined to ask the High Court to prevent the referendum from going forward [Xinhua report]. The constitution as written has drawn protests from citizens [JURIST report] despite official bans and attempts by Kibaki to drum up support. Reuters has more.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.