Kenya Petition - Global Call to Add Your Voice Jan 3
Dear PulseWire members: Below is one of several global petitions circulating with a request to have you add your voice and vote for peace to return to Kenya. Please consider also sharing this petition with others. AND sign on- check it out at AVAAZ site if you have trouble sending from this email. - Anne-christine
Dear Avaaz member, Election fraud in Kenya could trigger civil war, even genocide - send a message to your foreign minister to withhold recognition of a new president until the vote is independently reviewed:
Send a message now!
Last week, Kenya held a national election tainted with vote-tampering. It ended in a claim of victory for incumbent President Mwai Kibaki over the challenger Raila Odinga who had led the polls -- now Kenya's future hangs in the balance. Violence has broken out across the country, with roving gangs of machete-wielding youth terrorizing the population. Suddenly, this hopeful country could be sliding toward genocide.
We must not sit back and watch this nightmarish scenario unfold -- but we need to act fast. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has flown into Nairobi, joining the African Union in an effort to broker a power-sharing agreement and review the election results. But if talks are to succeed, foreign governments must avoid prematurely recognizing a fraudulently elected government and locking in their power. That's where we come in.
Please send a note to your foreign minister today, asking them to withhold recognition of any Kenyan government until agreement is brokered and the election results are independently reviewed – you can do so using our simple online tool at the link below (and when you're done, please forward this email to friends and family):
It's too early to tell how far the situation in Kenya could deteriorate -- and we just can't afford to wait and find out. Please send a note to your foreign minister today.
Paul, Ricken, Ben, Galit, Milena, Pascal and the whole Avaaz team
Here are some links to more background -
The election commissioner admits he was pressured into declaring Kibaki's victory, and does not know who truly won:
Kenya's attorney-general also just called for an independent review of the election results:
Reuters on mediation efforts by Tutu and the African Union:
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