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Former UN chief to take over Kenya negotiations

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Former UN chief to take over Kenya negotiations


Street demonstrations look set to continue in Kenya after the collapse of talks headed by the hed of the African Union. John Kufour headed back to Ghana having failed to forge any agreement between President Mwai Kibaki and the Kenyan opposition.

Now it will be the turn of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, backed by an African panel, to try to end the political stand off, and heavy-handed security clashes with protestors.

Hundreds of women had been praying for peace. The police responded with tear gas. President Kibaki is continuing to swear-in new members of his cabinet. An offer to include opposition figures in that cabinet was spurned by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who demanded new elections.

Ambassadors from Western countries were said to be heavily-involved in the talks with Odinga at an hotel in Nairobi.

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