Kenyan politicians demand fresh elections

Critics of a proposed constitution that was rejected by voters today pressed the president to dissolve Kenya’s parliament and call fresh elections to resolve a political crisis triggered by the government failure to get the charter passed.

Critics of a proposed constitution that was rejected by voters today pressed the president to dissolve Kenya’s parliament and call fresh elections to resolve a political crisis triggered by the government failure to get the charter passed.

The call for fresh elections came a day after President Mwai Kibaki dismissed his entire Cabinet and assistant ministers.

He took the unprecedented move two days after Kenyans stunned him by rejecting a draft constitution that he had supported.

Some 153 out of 210 constituencies and seven out of eight provinces voted against the government position.

The outcome “urgently requires action to establish a government with legitimacy to govern,” William Ruto, a leading critic of the charter, said while endorsing the Cabinet sacking.

“This parliament is now discredited and the president must dissolve it to pave way for the people of Kenya to elect representatives with a new mandate,” said Ruto, the secretary general of the main opposition Kenya African National Union.

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