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Kenyan President Suspends Reopening of Parliament


Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has suspended next week's reopening of parliament amid demands he call for early elections after voters rejected a draft constitution he supported.

Mr. Kibaki did not give a reason for his decision Thursday, and it is not clear when parliament will reopen.

His announcement comes just hours after opposition leaders called for new elections. The opposition says many members of parliament were manipulated into supporting the defeated constitution, and have therefore lost their credibility.

In a televised address Wednesday, Mr. Kibaki dismissed his entire cabinet, saying the results of Monday's referendum made it necessary to re-organize his government.

Kenyans rejected the proposed constitution by a margin of 57 to 43 percent.

The new charter would have introduced land reforms and the post of prime minister. Opponents say it did not do enough to curb wide-ranging powers of the president.

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