Kenyan opposition leader cancels protests amid fears of new bloodletting

January 7, 2008 13:12

Kenya's opposition leader on Monday canceled planned nationwide protest rallies, amid fears they could ignite new bloodletting. Raila Odinga said he wanted to give mediation a chance, noting Ghana's President John Kufuor, the current chairman of the African Union, was expected soon on a mediation mission. Odinga made the announcement at a news conference after meeting with US envoy Jendayi Frazer and after the government said the proposed demonstrations were illegal and could provoke violence.

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