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Annan prepares to try to mediate in Kenyan crisis

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posted on Jan, 21 2008 @ 05:46 PM
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Annan prepares to try to mediate in Kenyan crisis


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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan was due to arrive in Kenya on Tuesday to try to mediate in a post-poll crisis that has torn the country in two and triggered weeks of violence that killed at least 650 people.

A hotly disputed election returned President Mwai Kibaki to power last month amid cries from opposition leader Raila Odinga that he rigged it. Electoral observers complained of "serious irregularities" in the tallying process.

Odinga's supporters took to the streets but the government hastily outlawed their protests. Some sliced up members of Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe with machetes, killed them with arrows or burned their homes. Police shot dead scores of demonstrators.

In the latest violence, rivals from Kibaki's Kikuyu and Odinga's Luo ethnic groups attacked and mutilated victims of the other tribe in Nairobi on Sunday, killing at least three, while police said a further four died in violence in the Rift Valley.

The violence has displaced 250,000 people. The government and opposition accuse each other of genocide. Both still refuse to hold talks, despite pressure from Western powers like the United States, Britain and the European Union.

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posted on Jan, 21 2008 @ 05:46 PM
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Good luck with that Kofi, you've got your hands full. That place is a train wreck of violence.

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posted on Jan, 21 2008 @ 06:01 PM
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Its very noble of him to take action in Kenya.

The riots wouldn't be happening in the first place if the election wasn't rigged.

Another case of Africa being screwed by its own people...And then saved by its own people.

We should start learning from the Africans.



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