- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Kenya crackdown rallies Moi rivals
NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan government crackdown on political rallies threatens to harden opposition resolve and fan tension ahead of polls next year, analysts say.
President Daniel arap Moi has ordered police to make videotapes of all political gatherings, just days after two politicians were arrested following a groundbreaking attempt by opposition parties to forge a united front.
"The crackdown is beginning again," said Wanjiku Miano, senior program officer at the Kenya Human Rights Commission. "The president is making sure that the environment is so poisoned that opposition supporters will not be able to operate in a free climate."
Mr. Moi said he gave the order to prevent inflammatory comments that could incite violence in the run-up to the elections, but rights groups have accused the president of trying to silence critics.

Violence hits Philippines as ballots counted
MANILA — Gunmen killed a policeman during a ballot-box heist and suspected rebels abducted a mayoral candidate yesterday as officials counted votes from elections seen as an important gauge of support for the countrys new president, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The policeman was gunned down by assailants who made off with ballots from two precincts in the northern city of Santa Ana, police said. His death brought the number of political killings to 73 since campaigning began in January for a Senate race whose outcome was uncertain a day after the polls closed Monday.
Candidates who favor Mrs. Macapagal-Arroyo appeared to hold a slim lead over those allied with former President Joseph Estrada.

Macedonia sets surrender deadline
SKOPJE, Macedonia - The Macedonian government warned ethnic Albanian rebels yesterday to surrender within two days or face a renewed assault, but the new national unity government warned that a long battle to rid the fragile republic of extremism still lay ahead.
Macedonias new government, which includes ministers from the Albanian minority, met for the first time yesterday and announced that the guerrillas would have to hand over their weapons or flee into Kosovo by tomorrow or face renewed shelling.
"It is the last appeal to the terrorists to withdraw from the country or lay down their weapons. We will shortly continue our operation," said Antonio Milososki, the governments official spokesman.

A defiant Wahid set for impeachment
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian head of state Abdurrahman Wahid said yesterday he was ready to be impeached and, if dumped by lawmakers, would stand again for the presidency.
Until now, Mr. Wahid has vehemently refused to acknowledge the possibility that the nations highest legislative body, the Peoples Consultative Assembly, would hold a special session to judge him over allegations of corruption and incompetence.

Journalist critical of Basques wounded
ZARAUZ, Spain — A letter bomb exploded yesterday in the face of a journalist who has denounced separatist bloodshed, the first outburst of violence since regional elections two days earlier produced a victory for a centrist Basque nationalist party.
Gorka Landaburu, a reporter for the Spanish magazine Cambio 16 and a national television station, suffered face and hand injuries, but his life was not in danger, his wife Marina told Radio Nacional.

Ukraine claims killing of reporter apolitical
KIEV — Ukraines biggest political scandal centering on the murder of an investigative journalist took a fresh twist yesterday when authorities said they had identified the killers of reporter Georgiy Gongadze.
Interior Minister Yuri Smirnov told Ukrainian news agencies investigators had solved the case - but added that Mr. Gongadzes two killers were dead.


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