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Clerics Urge Calm Before Monday's Rally In Divided Kenya

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July 04, 2014 AT 5:14 AM
Religious leaders in Kenya have urged calm ahead of an opposition rally next week, that threatens to stoke tension in a nation scarred by political violence in the recent past. Raila Odinga, the main rival Uhuru Kenyatta defeated in last year's presidential election, has set a deadline of Monday for the government to meet a demand for dialogue over militant attacks, corruption, a slow economy, and other grievances. Ministers have dismissed the call, saying the place for such debate is parliament. Kenyatta's aides accuse Odinga, a veteran former prime minister, of trying to engineer a crisis to claw his way back to power - a charge the opposition leader denies.