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Kenya's rival politicians sign agreement

Kenya's rival politicians sign agreement

Kenya's rival politicians signed a power-sharing agreement Thursday and shook hands after weeks of bitter negotiations on how to end the country's deadly postelection crisis.
President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga both claim to have won the country's Dec. 27 presidential election, but local and international observers have said the results were manipulated, making it unclear who actually won.
"We do have a deal," Annan told reporters, saying the agreement creates the prime minister's post that the opposition has been demanding. "Thus our work on the government structure for Kenya has successfully been completed today."
Kibaki and Odinga, both in blue suits, looked stoic as they signed the deal, side-by-side on live television.
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.
Kenyans were closely following the negotiations. In downtown Nairobi on Thursday, people were gathering anywhere they could find a television _ in hotels, outside electronics shops and in their homes.
The conflict has tarnished the reputation of this once-stable and prosperous country, bringing sharp rebuke from exasperated Western powers such as the United States. Diplomats from the U.S. and around Africa have jetted in to Kenya to urge progress, many of the exasperated by the talks' glacial pace.


Updated : 2021-03-03 20:02 GMT+08:00