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AU chief in Kenya as an outside mediator

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AU chief in Kenya as an outside mediator


The head of the African Union has held talks with Kenya’s president and opposition leader, to try to end the post-election turmoil in the country. But the three men did not all meet together. John Kufuor, the President of Ghana, spoke first with Mwai Kibaki, who stands accused of rigging the election to secure his second term as president.

He then went on to a nearby hotel to meet Raila Odinga, who is demanding Kibaki step down and call another ballot. The opposition called off planned mass rallies to await the outcome of these talks.

Kibaki has invited Odinga for a one-on-one meeting on Friday. But the opposition leader insists it would be pointless without international mediation.

The president’s naming of new ministers yesterday sparked more violence, mainly aimed at the tribes of those appointed.

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