Monday, April 27, 2009

ODINGA CALLS FOR NEW KENYA POLL

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said fresh elections may be needed if the rift in the power-sharing government cannot be solved.
He is demanding that he be put in charge of government business in parliament, to replace Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.
Mr Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki agreed to share power last year to end months of post-election violence.
But relations have soured and the two parties have held crisis talks.
Over the weekend, President Kibaki's Party of National Unity accused Mr Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement of "fomenting a coup".
In response, the prime minister told a meeting of his constituents in Nairobi's Kibera slum:
"We have been pushed around enough. We have reached this point and we cannot retreat. We shall stand firm. If others do not want this then let us go back and hold elections."
The speaker of parliament is due to issue a ruling on Tuesday on who should hold the crucial post of leading government business in the house.
Mr Musyoka heads a third party.
About 1,500 people were killed and 300,000 forced from their homes after Mr Odinga's supporters said he had been cheated of victory in the December 2007 presidential election.
Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan managed to broker a power-sharing deal in February 2008, which ended the violence.
BBC NEWS REPORT.

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