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Talks continue to try to end violence in Kenya

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Talks continue to try to end violence in Kenya


A second opposition politician has been shot dead in Kenya as talks continue between the country’s feuding factions.

The conditions surrounding his killing remain unclear.

On the diplomatic front, teams from the government and the opposition have been meeting for a second day of talks under the mediation of former UN chief Kofi Annan.

A disputed presidential election in December has plunged Kenya into violence that has left at least 900 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

“I has affected everybody,” said one Kenyan resident, “except the people now who are in the parliament, they have not been affected, but the people on the ground are completely affected badly.”

Protests over president Mwai Kibaki’s re-election have deteriorated into cycles of killings between ethnic groups.

The violence pits the Kikuyu minority, which backs president Kibaki, against rival tribes, who support the opposition. It is the result of decades-old divisions between communities over land, wealth and power, that date back to British colonial rule.

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