Thursday, February 28, 2008


Rival leaders in Kenya have agreed to form a coalition government after weeks of nationwide violence and political unrest.

Chief Mediator, Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who has been mediating the talks between the government and the opposition, said on Thursday that an agreement had been made, ending the political crisis.

"We have come to an understanding on the coalition agreement. We do have an agreement," he said.

President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga have agreed to share power on a 50/50 basis, and have signed a coalition government agreement to that effect.The deal was signed by the two leaders on the doorsteps of the President's Harambee House office.

Kofi Annan said the deal will see the appointment of a Prime Minister and two deputies with power that ODM has requested earlier on.It will be reflected in the constitution.

The National Reconciliation and Dialogue team discussions have centred on the creation of the post of prime minister, which would be taken by Odinga, to set up a power-sharing government.

Both sides have previously agreed to create a prime minister but have differed on what powers the new post would have.