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Kenya's opposition to change tactics

Kenya's opposition to change tactics
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Kenya’s opposition has announced it will change tactics to protest against the outcome of last month’s presidential election by boycotting companies run by the president’s allies. The opposition staged a third day of rallies in the capital Nairobi today despite harsh government crackdowns.

At least eight people have died in nationwide violence in the past 24 hours in a crisis which has claimed more than 700 lives and displaced more than 200.000 people. Earlier, a senior member of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement Martin Shikuku was arrested along with Muslim leaders who had taken to the streets of the capital.

Both foreign and local observers have questioned the results of the December 27 election, which the opposition says was rigged. It is demanding a re-run. President Mwai Kibaki’s side said the result is non-negotiable.

World powers, many of whom are keen to maintain good relations with Kenya, continues to shy away from direct interference in the conflict.

After failed diplomatic efforts by US and African Union envoys, Tanzania’s former leader and the wife of Nelson Mandela are in Nairobi this week, and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan is expected in the capital next week.