Protest threat over Kenya power deal

Kenya’s main opposition party today threatened mass protests within a week if the government fails to begin paving the way for any type of power-sharing government.

Kenya’s main opposition party today threatened mass protests within a week if the government fails to begin paving the way for any type of power-sharing government.

Parliament must convene within a week to agree constitutional changes that will be needed to restructure the government, said Anyang Nyongo, secretary-general of the opposition Orange Democratic Movement.

“If that does not happen, ODM hereby gives notice that we call our supporters to mass action within one week,” he said.

Another senior party official said any action would be peaceful. However, previous political protests have turned violent and deteriorated into ethnic clashes.

Weeks of violence sparked by the disputed December presidential election have left more than 1,000 dead and forced 600,000 to flee their homes.

The threat comes as talks for a potential power-sharing arrangement between President Mwai Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga appeared deadlocked.

Mr Nyongo said work on reforming the constitution should start quickly.

“Mr Kibaki and his Party of National Unity are procrastinating in the mediation talks as if there is no urgency in reaching a political settlement in this country,” he said.

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