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Nairobi ‘Saba Saba’ rally reveals sharp ethnic, political divides

Supporters of the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy or Cord attend a rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi Monday July 7, 2014. Sayyid Azim/AP

A highly emotive rally of more than 10,000 people in Nairobi today capped a month of antigovernment protests led by longtime opposition figure Raila Odinga, who is calling for a “national dialogue” with President Uhuru Kenyatta as ethnic tensions reach a fever pitch.

The two political leaders were also on different sides in post-election violence in 2007 that led to a charge of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court at The Hague. That violence killed more than 1,000 people.

Kenya’s opposition today said it would pursue a national referendum to deal with deepening insecurity and economic woes that the Kenyatta government has struggled to solve.  Read more…

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Riot police open fire as Kenyan protesters challenge election results

Supporters of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga gather outside the Kenyan Supreme Court as his party files a case alleging massive fraud during the country'selection, in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Sayyid Azim/AP
Supporters of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga gather outside the Kenyan Supreme Court as his party files a case alleging massive fraud during the country’selection, in Nairobi, Kenya. Photograph: Sayyid Azim/AP

Kenyan security forces cracked down on demonstrators on Saturday, as crowds gathered to support the defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s supreme court challenge to the results of the 4 March elections.  Read more…