U.S. Department of State: Press Statement

9 03 2013

Results of Elections in Kenya

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 9, 2013

On behalf of the United States of
America, I want to congratulate the
people of Kenya for voting
peacefully on March 4 and all
those elected to office. Across the
country, Kenyans turned out by the
millions to exercise their most
fundamental democratic right. I am
inspired by the overwhelming
desire of Kenyans to peacefully
make their voices heard, and I
applaud the patience they have
shown as votes were tallied.
Foremost in our minds is a desire
to see the will of the Kenyan
people expressed freely and fairly.
We strongly urge all parties and
their supporters to peacefully
address any disputes with today’s
announcement by the Independent
Electoral and Boundaries
Commission through the Kenyan
legal system, rather than on the
streets. These elections are an
historic opportunity for the people
of Kenya to come together to build
a better future. Since its
independence in 1963, Kenya has
been one of America’s strongest
and most enduring partners in
Africa. We stand with you at this
historic moment and will continue
to be a strong friend and ally of
the Kenyan people.

PRN: 2013/0266