Clinton in Kenya to Discuss Elections

Posted August 4th, 2012 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Kenya Saturday on the latest stop of her 11-day tour of Africa.

She will press the country's leaders to conduct free and fair elections planned for next year. Kenya's 2007 election resulted in widespread violence.

Clinton will also meet with leaders of neighboring Somalia to urge them to complete a political transition to a new government on schedule. The transitional government is set to end August 20 when the U.N. mandate for it expires.

On Thursday, following Somalia's adoption of a new provisional constitution, Clinton urged Somali leaders to complete the remaining tasks “quickly and transparently.” Somali leaders must still select members of the next parliament and elect a new president.

While in South Sudan Friday, Clinton urged the country, along with its neighbor, Sudan, to resolve bitter disputes that earlier this year pushed the countries to the brink of war.

Also Friday, Clinton met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala and encouraged Uganda to continue leading efforts to hunt down Lord's Resistance Army fighters in central Africa and to fight Islamist militants in Somalia.

After her stop in Kenya, Clinton is due to visit Malawi and South Africa.