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Kenya poll leaning to 'yes' vote

Election officials in Kenya have said that preliminary results are overwhelmingly in favour of a new constitution.

Voters in the country went to the polls on Wednesday to decide on a constitution that would curtail the president's powers and give citizens a bill of rights

Election officials said that preliminary results showed about 67% of the nation voted for the new constitution, with 33% against it. Preliminary results from about three-quarters of polling stations have been counted.

Backers of the "No" vote have already said they have misgivings about the result but are appealing for calm.

Ethnically-charged violence left more than 1,000 people dead following the disputed 2007 election but no major trouble has been reported this time.

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