Crisis over election deepens in Kenya

source: Harald Tribune
By Jeffrey Gettleman
Published: January 3, 2008

NAIROBI: Nairobi degenerated into violence Thursday as the riot police used tear gas, batons and water cannons to push back thousands of opposition supporters who poured into the streets to answer a call for a million-person rally that had been banned by the government.

Later in the day, the Kenyan attorney general broke ranks with the president and insisted on an independent investigation into disputed election results, an indication of the growing divide within the government about how to solve a crisis that has ignited chaos and ethnic fighting throughout the country, killing more than 300 people.

Starting about 10 a.m., protesters burned tires, smashed windows and [continue reading]



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