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Kenyan Parliament Approves Controversial Constitutional Changes

Kenya's parliament has approved changes to a draft constitution that retain the powers of the presidency, despite violent street protests against the move.

Officials say lawmakers voted 102 to 61 late Thursday in favor of amendments to a version of the new constitution that had called for the creation of a powerful prime minister.

Protesters who said the changes gave too much power to the president held three day of demonstrations in Nairobi. At least one person was killed in clashes between riot police and protesters.

Officials say a final draft constitution will eventually be put before voters in a referendum.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.