Kenyan PM: Intervene in Zimbabwe

Odinga is Mugabe's most vocal critic at African Union summit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2008 1:30 PM CDT
Kenyan PM: Intervene in Zimbabwe
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaks at a forum on Africa at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Tuesday, June 17, 2008, in Washington.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kenya’s prime minister blasted Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe today, saying it would set a dangerous precedent for the African Union to accept him as "a duly elected president," the BBC reports. "They should suspend him and send peace forces to Zimbabwe to ensure free and fair elections," Raila Odinga said at the AU summit.

The meeting in Egypt has been overshadowed by Mugabe’s re-election after what has been condemned as an unfair vote. Analysts point to recent developments in Kenya—where Odinga was installed as PM in a power-sharing deal after ethnic violence followed a disputed election—could point the way for Zimbabwe. (More Zimbabwe stories.)

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