Joe Biden arrives in Kenya to discuss Somaliland elections

Joe Biden arrives in Kenya to discuss Somaliland elections

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NAIROBI (Somalilandpress) — United States Vice President, Joe Biden arrived in the Kenyan capital on Monday evening to start his three-day official to the East African nation.

Mr Biden and his delegation, which included his family were received at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport by the Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and US Ambassador to Kenya Michael E. Ranneberger, shortly after 8:00 pm local east African time.

The Vice President is expected to hold talks with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga on regional affairs as well as Kenya-U.S. relations. Some of the issues the three leaders will discuss include the new proposed Kenyan constitution that will adopted if it passes the referendum vote on August 4th.

The new democratic constitution calls for less executive powers for the president, improving courts and the law enforcing bodies as well as bringing the perpetrators of the election violence that rocked the country in December 2007 to justice. The deadly violence left more than 1500 Kenyans dead.

Other issues include economic trade ties between Kenya and the United States, security, stability in neighbouring Somalia and the elections in Somaliland. The U.S. is one of the forerunners of the main financiers of the elections in Somaliland.

A number of senior Kenyan politicians support Somaliland’s pursue of international recognition and there are reports the Kenyan parliament is waiting for a motion calling on the recognition of Somaliland. However a number of leaders including the foreign minister Moses Wetangula and President Mwai Kibaki are opposed to the proposal while Prime Minister Raila Odinga supports the motion.

Mr Biden is also scheduled to address the Kenyan parliament, meet with Southern Sudanese President Salva Kiir and speak with members of Kenya’s Somali population about Somalia’s peace development.

Photo: United States Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Jomo Kenyatta Airport, in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday, June 7, 2010. (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim)

Somalilandpress | Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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