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Kenyan President Calls for Calm Ahead of Monday Referendum

Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki is urging Kenyans to avoid clashes as they vote on a proposed new constitution Monday.

In a televised address Sunday, Mr. Kibaki said Kenya is more important than any one person, and called on citizens to reject violence he said could destroy the country's unity.

Competing rallies for and against the new constitution took place peacefully in Nairobi on Saturday. But earlier campaigning sparked violence in which at least eight people died.

Mr. Kibaki has led the campaign for the new constitution, which supporters say would put key economic reforms into place. Opponents say the document does not do enough to curb presidential powers.

Some 11.6 million Kenyans are eligible to vote in Monday's referendum.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.