Otto Bakano

Otto Bakano

    The UN has formally declared parts of Somalia to be in the grip of famine, a move hailed by rebels who now say they will allow aid to be distributed.

    Kenya's president unveiled a power-sharing government on Sunday, with opposition leader Raila Odinga as Prime Minister, aimed at ending a long-running political crisis sparked by contested elections. "Let us put politics aside and get to work," President Mwai Kibaki said in a televised speech announcing the Cabinet line-up.

    Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan said on Friday that a deal to end Kenya's post-election turmoil was "very close" and voiced hope that the "last difficult and frightening step" would be taken next week. Annan has been leading talks between negotiators for President Mwai Kibaki and the opposition to end weeks of violence since a disputed December 27 election.

    The chief mediator in Kenya's crisis talks, Kofi Annan, urged Kenyans to be patient on Saturday with a deal to end weeks of violence expected to be finalised in the coming days. "In negotiations, a deal is not a deal until it is done," the former United Nations chief cautioned in a statement.