{0>Kenya’s Democratic Hope<}0{>La esperanza democrática de Kenia<0}

{0>Kenyans have much to celebrate this week.<}0{>Los kenianos tienen mucho que celebrar esta semana.<0} {0>They lined up in large numbers, peacefully cast their ballots, and resoundingly rejected a flawed constitution that had been hastily forced upon them.<}0{>Hicieron largas filas, depositaron sus votos pacíficamente en las urnas y rechazaron rotundamente una constitución deficiente que se les había querido imponer a la rápida.<0}

{0>The November 21 referendum marks another pivotal step towards consolidating Kenya’s transition to a real democracy.<}0{>El referendo del 21 de noviembre marca otro paso fundamental en la consolidación de la transición de Kenia hacia una verdadera democracia.<0} {0>The “no” vote not only forestalled attempts by President Mwai Kibaki and his inner circle to tighten their grip on power, but it also confirmed to ordinary Kenyans the power of the ballot box.<}0{>El voto negativo no sólo impidió los intentos del Presidente Mwai Kibaki y su círculo de íntimos por aferrarse al poder, sino que también confirmó a los kenianos comunes y corrientes el poder que tiene su voto.<0}

{0>While the Kenyan public appeared to show their high regard for legal process and participatory democracy, the run-up to the referendum revealed the government’s much uglier face.<}0{>Si bien el pueblo keniano pareció mostrar su alto aprecio por el proceso legal y la democracia participativa, la campaña previa al referendo reveló el rostro mucho menos amable del gobierno.<0} {0>The Kibaki administration used this year to entrench power in the hands of a small ethnic Kikuyu clique.<}0{>La administración de Kibaki usó este año para asegurar el poder en manos de una pequeña camarilla étnica de origen kikuyu.<0} {0>Reformers within the government not only capitulated to the backsliding, but actively contributed to it.<}0{>Los reformistas que participan del gobierno no sólo se rindieron ante este retroceso antidemocrático, sino que contribuyeron activamente a que ocurriera .<0}

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