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Kenya's rival politicians reach an agreement, mediator says

Kenya's rival politicians reach an agreement, mediator says

Kenya's rival politicians reached an agreement Thursday on a coalition government after weeks of bitter negotiations on how to end the country's deadly postelection crisis, mediator Kofi Annan said.
Annan offered no immediate details on the deal between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, who both claim to have won the country's Dec. 27 presidential election. Local and international observers have said the results were manipulated, making it unclear who actually won.
"We have come to an understanding on the coalition government," Annan told reporters. He added: "All I can say is that we do have an agreement." He called a news conference at 4 p.m. (1300 GMT).
The election dispute set off street violence that killed more than 1,000 people and eviscerated the East African country's economy. Postelection violence has largely subsided in recent weeks, but the country remains on edge.
There were signs Wednesday that the two sides might be coming closer toward an agreement. Odinga's supporters called off planned protests under pressure from Annan, and Kibaki offered his first public commitment to creating the prime minister's post that his rivals have been demanding.


Updated : 2020-12-02 22:11 GMT+08:00