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Kenyan PM calls on African Union to suspend Mugabe

Published:Monday | June 30, 2008 | 2:44 PM

Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga urged the African Union to suspend Robert Mugabe from the alliance until he allows free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.



The call came as the Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) described the situation in the country as a constitutional crisis.



International media reports have indicated that the union’s response to the situation will be a major test of its effectiveness.



Mugabe claimed a landslide victory as the sole candidate in the presidential election re-run on Friday, after the MDC\'s leader, Morgan Tsvangirai withdrew.



Odinga, a vocal critic of Mugabe, said the union would set a dangerous precedent by accepting him as a duly elected president.



The United Nations urged African leaders to try to negotiate a solution to the crisis.