Riots Flare as Kenya Talks Stall

Government and opposition deal falters
By Eleanor Villforth,  Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2008 6:14 AM CDT
Kenyan police remove burning barricades yesterday during clashes between police and opposition party supporters in the Kibera slum in Nairobi.    (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
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(Newser) – Riots erupted again in Kenya yesterday as opposition leaders suspended talks with the government over a stalled power-sharing pact, reports the New York Times. Dozens of men in a Nairobi slum lit bonfires and hurled rocks at police, chanting, "No cabinet, no peace!" The violence marked the first major riot since February, when Kenya's president and his main rival agreed to form a government together.

Weeks of ethnic violence killed more than 1,000 people after last December’s disputed presidential election, in which President Mwai Kibaki declared himself the winner. As part of an agreement to restore peace to Kenya the two main parties were to share cabinet posts equally—but Kibaki has been unwilling to cede any of the major positions.