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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 30, 2002


United States Welcomes Democratic Elections in Kenya

The United States welcomes the democratic elections held on December 27 in Kenya. We congratulate President Mwai Kibaki and are heartened by his commitment to pursue economic reform and to demonstrate inclusiveness in dealing with the political opposition. We have assured President Kibaki of continued United States friendship and support for Kenya. We look forward to working closely with him on issues of regional peace and security, human rights, counterterrorism, enhancing trade, job growth, and investment, and fighting HIV/AIDS.

The United States applauds the other Kenyan presidential candidates, including Uhuru Kenyatta and Simeon Nyachae, who conceded with grace and statesmanship and have pledged to play a constructive role in the National Assembly. We acknowledge the important role outgoing President Moi has played in assuring a smooth democratic process and we look forward to working with the Moi Foundation in promoting development and peace in the region. Finally, we congratulate the people of Kenya, who have made a strong demonstration of their democratic commitment and established an important example for the region and the world.

Released on December 30, 2002

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