Kenyan politicians and citizens are celebrating a new constitution and a new future. Final results showed that the new constitution passed with 67 percent of the vote. The peaceful voting contrasts with the outbreaks of ethnic violence that plagued the last election, in 2007. Although this election still revealed that voters are deeply connected to their leaders on the basis of ethnicity, the smooth voting and lack of violence surrounding the results marks a major step toward democracy for the country.
"The historic journey that we begun over 20 years ago is coming to a happy end," said Mwai Kibaki, president of Kenya. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times East Africa bureau chief has more from Nairobi, Kenya. He says this new constitution marks a crucial turning point.