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VOA常速英语2007年-US Laments Kenya's Election Irregularities, App

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By David Gollust
State Department
31 December 2007

The United States Monday appealed for calm in riot-torn Kenya and urged the prompt resolution of irregularities from last Thursday's presidential election. The State Department backed away from a statement Sunday congratulating incumbent1 President Mwaki Kibaki as the election winner. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department.

 

The State Department is urging Kenya's main political parties to restrain their supporters and reach out to each other in peaceful dialogue amid post-election violence that has claimed well over 100 lives.

Early results from the December 27 voting had shown a big lead for opposition2 challenger Raila Odinga, and violence broke out over the weekend when Mr. Kibaki was declared the winner and quickly sworn into office for a new term.

In a talk with reporters, State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said the United States and others who followed the election have serious concerns about irregularities in the vote count, and that these issues need to be resolved promptly3 and through constitutional and legal remedies.

In the meantime, Casey called on the Kenyan people and the various political parties to refrain from violence and incitement4.

"We call on the political parties in Kenya as well as the Kenyan people, to avoid violence and to, from among party leaders restrain their supporters who might be thinking about engaging in any kind of violent response," said Tom Casey. "We'd also like to promote and see a process of discussion among political party leaders. We'd like to see them reach out to one another, because ultimately resolving this issue peacefully and through legitimate5 constitutional and legal means is going to be in the interests of everyone, and certainly in the interests of democracy and development in Kenya."

In an unusual move, Casey distanced himself from a comment Sunday from a State Department official who told reporters the United States accepted the announced results and congratulated Mr. Kibaki.

Casey said he was offering congratulations to no one because of the concerns about the vote count, and said if anyone was suggesting that the United States knows the outcome or that the election was not in dispute, that person was "unfortunately in error."

European Union and other election observers initially6 said the election was free of fraud but later said the vote-counting process lacked credibility.


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1 incumbent wbmzy     
adj.成为责任的,有义务的;现任的,在职的
参考例句:
  • He defeated the incumbent governor by a large plurality.他以压倒多数票击败了现任州长。
  • It is incumbent upon you to warn them.你有责任警告他们。
2 opposition eIUxU     
n.反对,敌对
参考例句:
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
3 promptly LRMxm     
adv.及时地,敏捷地
参考例句:
  • He paid the money back promptly.他立即还了钱。
  • She promptly seized the opportunity his absence gave her.她立即抓住了因他不在场给她创造的机会。
4 incitement 4114f37f5337a7296283079efe923dad     
激励; 刺激; 煽动; 激励物
参考例句:
  • incitement to racial hatred 种族仇恨的挑起
  • Interest is an incitement to study. 兴趣刺激学习。
5 legitimate L9ZzJ     
adj.合法的,合理的,合乎逻辑的;v.使合法
参考例句:
  • Sickness is a legitimate reason for asking for leave.生病是请假的一个正当的理由。
  • That's a perfectly legitimate fear.怀有这种恐惧完全在情理之中。
6 initially 273xZ     
adv.最初,开始
参考例句:
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
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