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Obama calls for peaceful Kenya vote

NAIROBI — Wading into the politics of his father’s homeland, President Obama urged Kenya on Tuesday to reject violence in next month’s election, adding the voice of America’s first black president to those hoping the country can avoid the bloodshed that stained its last vote.

Obama released the rare country-specific message in a YouTube video in which he used Swahili greetings — the common language in Kenya — to open and close his message. He urged Kenyans to reject intimidation and violence, to allow a free and fair vote, and to resolve any disputes ‘‘in the courts, not in the streets.’’

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