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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) flanked by Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed (R) attends a meeting with Foreign Affairs Ministers from Eastern Africa in Kenya's capital Nairobi, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he was pleased to see progress in reforming Kenya's electoral commission and urged that differences be resolved through peaceful means in lead up to the 2017 elections.

"Let me just emphasise that holding a free and fair, peaceful credible election is a critical step in consolidating Kenya's democracy," he told a news conference.

Kerry said that the United States would provide $25 million this year to help prepare for the vote.

(Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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