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New "American style" Constitution signed into law in Kenya, thoughts?

NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya's president signed a new constitution into law Friday that institutes a U.S.-style system of checks and balances and has been hailed as the most significant political event since Kenya's independence nearly a half century ago.

Joining African leaders at the festivities was Sudan's president who faces charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in connection with violence in Darfur, where U.N. officials estimate 300,000 people have died.

It is only the second time that Omar al-Bashir has risked arrest by traveling to a member state of the International Criminal Court since he was first charged in 2009. The ICC has no police force and depends on member states to enforce its orders.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:06 AM on Aug. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Honestly, I think that is awesome. Kenya will have a lot to do and change can be hard at times but that is what their people voted on. I believe the Framers of the US constitution would be happy that they paved the way for other countries to follow in our lead.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 9:13 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • I seriously doubt it's anything like Americas Constitution.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:09 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • I also heard it was more communist style, but I can see why all of you progressives would be for it.


    Answer by Natesmom507 at 4:09 PM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Good for them.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:35 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • "American Style" has anyone read the proposed constitution, especially under individual rights. It seems to me from what little have read to be more of a communist style- USSR constitution then an American one. Under Kenya they get life, liberty, security of the person and the protection of
    the law. There is no freedom of Religion in Kenya and no "pursuit of happiness".

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:40 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • Anon- How about you read it before you start makin assumptions-

     78 . (1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience, and for the purposes of this section that freedom includes freedom of thought and of religion, freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others, and both in public and in private, to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.


    Answer by JeremysMom at 9:55 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • (2) Every religious community shall be entitled, at its own expense, to establish and maintain places of education and to manage a place of education which it wholly maintains; and no such community shall be prevented from providing religious instruction for persons of that community in the course of any education provided at a place of education which it wholly maintains or in the course of any education which it otherwise provides.

    Answer by JeremysMom at 9:55 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • (3) Except with his own consent (or, if he is a minor, the consent of his guardian), no person attending a place of education shall be required to receive religious instruction or to take part in or attend a religious ceremony or observance if that instruction, ceremony or observance relates to a religion other than his own.

    Answer by JeremysMom at 9:56 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • (4) No person shall be compelled to take an oath which is contrary to his religion or belief or to take an oath in a manner which is contrary to his religion or belief.

    Answer by JeremysMom at 9:56 AM on Aug. 27, 2010

  • (5) Nothing contained in or done under the authority of any law shall be held to be inconsistent with or in contravention of this section to the extent that the law in question makes provision which is reasonably required -
    (a) in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or
    (b) for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedoms of other persons, including the right to observe and practise a religion without the unsolicited intervention of members of another religion,
    and except so far as that provision or, as the case may be, the thing done under the authority thereof is shown not to be
    reasonably justifiable in a democratic society.

    Answer by JeremysMom at 9:57 AM on Aug. 27, 2010