Kenya changes poll law

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The Independent Online
NAIROBI (AP) - Kenya's parliament has approved a constitutional amendment that would weaken the opposition's chance of winning the presidency in elections expected to be called by early 1993. The legislation, approved by all but one of the 141 members present, stipulates that the winning presidential candidate must receive not only a nation-wide majority but be endorsed by one-quarter of voters in at least five of the country's eight provinces.

President Daniel arap Moi, who reluctantly ended 22 years of single-party rule in December, claims political pluralism will breed tribal conflict. He only embraced multi-party politics after intense domestic and international pressure, including suspension of foreign aid pending steps to curb widespread corruption and human rights abuses.