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2005-11-22 00:30:00

By David Mageria and Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki headed for a humiliating defeat on Tuesday from a constitution referendum that divided his government and turned into a battle for political prestige ahead of a 2007 election. Counting from Monday's plebiscite on a charter backed by Kibaki showed his foes in the lead with about 60 percent as Kenyans voted largely on tribal lines and many took the chance to show disillusionment with the president's record. "Of...

2005-11-21 19:02:14

By David Mageria and Nita Bhalla NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's government looked headed for an embarrassing defeat on Tuesday according to preliminary results from a referendum seen as a test of strength ahead of 2007 polls. Early returns from a plebiscite on Monday on a new constitution proposed by President Mwai Kibaki showed his foes taking the lead in a contest that has degenerated into a struggle for political prestige. Critics say the proposed charter, the first in four...

2005-11-21 07:04:02

By C. Bryson Hull KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) - Voters in the heartland of opposition to Kenya's proposed constitution looked to the skies on Monday and spied a rainbow they said symbolized imminent victory in a strident contest of tribal and political power. Despite predictions of turmoil, voters waited peacefully under the hot western Kenyan sun in hours-long queues in Kisumu, where four were killed by police during clashes over the proposed charter last month. The "No" campaign,...

2005-11-17 05:39:11

By William Maclean NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki is about to gamble more than just his political survival when he stages a referendum next week seen as a dress rehearsal for elections in 2007. Analysts say Monday's constitutional poll amounts to a roll of the dice on the stability of his country, the West's most important ally in a region fractured by war, poverty and hunger. It is unlikely anyone in Kibaki's weak, fractious coalition government meant the stakes...

2005-09-13 05:13:45

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Have Kenya's excitable politicians finally gone bananas? It certainly looks that way as the besuited "Big Men" of Kenyan public life brandish oranges and bananas at rallies, crack fruit jokes, exchange punches at a funeral, and make tasteless threats of an imminent "political Hurricane Katrina." So why all the hullabaloo? A fight for votes of course. In the east African nation's biggest political moment since the 2002 ending of President...

2005-07-22 08:01:23

By David Mageria NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's parliament brushed off street protests to vote on Friday to keep a strong presidency in a proposed new constitution, deepening divisions in the ruling coalition and angering many in the east African nation. In a fiery parliamentary session -- during which the Speaker ordered out one legislator and censured others for insulting language -- a version of the constitution preferred by President Mwai Kibaki's government passed by 102 votes to 61....

2005-07-22 03:33:22

By David Mageria NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's parliament brushed off street protests to vote on Friday to keep a strong presidency in a proposed new constitution, deepening divisions in the ruling coalition and angering many in the east African nation. In a fiery parliamentary session -- during which the Speaker ordered out one legislator and censured others for insulting language -- a version of the constitution preferred by President Mwai Kibaki's government passed by 102 votes to 61....

2005-07-21 17:16:02

By David Mageria NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's parliament voted on Friday to preserve the bulk of the president's powers under a new constitution, in a move likely to anger many ordinary Kenyans and deepen divisions in the ruling coalition. In a heated parliamentary session, 102 MPs voted in favor, while 61 voted against amendments to an original draft of the new constitution which would have curbed the president's powers. Three days of clashes between riot police and protesters outraged...

2005-07-21 03:58:53

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan riot police guarded the rubble-strewn streets of Nairobi on Thursday as protest leaders promised a third day of demonstrations against President Mwai Kibaki's handling of a constitution reform. The protests -- which have turned central Nairobi into a battle-ground with one person killed on Wednesday -- have galvanized growing disillusionment with Kibaki's two-and-a-half year rule. They have also raised fears of a return to the dark days of...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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