Kenyan Leaders Reach Power-Sharing Deal

February 28, 2008 04:06 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga signed an agreement to end the violence that has plagued Kenya since December.

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On Feb. 28, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that a deal had been brokered between Kibaki and Odinga. The agreement offers new hope to Kenyans, who have seen their country riven by political violence since the disputed presidential elections of Dec. 27.

During the past two months of rioting, 1,500 people have been killed and 300,000 Kenyans have been forced to flee their homes.

The negotiations' success will relieve those who, like the Washington Post op-ed, saw them as the last chance for reconciliation in a once-stable country.

The power-sharing plan puts Odinga in the new position of executive prime minister, which was a key demand of his camp. The deal also creates posts for a vice president, two deputy prime ministers and other ministerships. A no-confidence vote will be required to oust office holders from these positions.

Kibaki asked his country to overcome the ethnically driven rioting, saying Kenyans should “embrace the spirit of togetherness.”

Odinga said, “We should ensure no one loses his or her life again senselessly.”

Nairobi-based blog Kenya Imagine writes that the agreement has brought “jubilation and great relief up and down the country,” although the plan appears to lack solutions as to how to deal with the immediate aftermath of the violence.

But the Kenyan Entrepreneur blog expresses a restrained optimism. The deal seems like “more bloated government … There are too many cooks in the kitchen here,” the blog writes.

Headline Links: Kenyan factions reach power-sharing deal

Background: The Dec. 27 elections and the ensuing violence

Reactions: ‘President Kibaki Meets With Kofi Annan’

Key Players: Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga

Mwai Kibaki
Raila Odinga

Opinion & Analysis: Power-sharing or excessive government?

Reference: Facts and figures on Kenya


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