Kenya swore in a power-sharing government on Thursday to soothe fury over a disputed election that plunged the East African country into a bloody crisis. ''Our people are now in the process of reconciliation,'' President Mwai Kibaki said at the ceremony, nearly four months after the December 27 poll that triggered extreme violence.
Kenya's president and future prime minister said on Sunday they had made ''substantial progress'' at talks to end an impasse over a power-sharing Cabinet and expected to clinch a deal on Monday. The two sides had planned to name the Cabinet on Sunday, but disagreement over the division of ministries scuttled that plan.
Kenya's president and opposition leader met to break an impasse over the naming of a power-sharing Cabinet and the government said the ministerial line-up would be unveiled later on Sunday. The Cabinet is a critical part of a deal brokered in February to end the East African nation's bloodiest political crisis.
Kenya's opposition on Wednesday accused the government of trying to spoil a power-sharing deal by seeking to vet new Cabinet ministers. President Mwai Kibaki and opposition chief Raila Odinga are at odds over the shape and size of a coalition Cabinet created under a pact to solve a post-election crisis that degenerated into ethnic violence.
Kenya's political rivals traded accusations on Thursday over who is to blame for the deadlock in plans to create a unity government and end the country's post-election crisis. The share flotation of top cellphone operator Safaricom -- the largest IPO ever in East Africa -- has also become an issue in the wrangling, officials and analysts say.
Kenya's Parliament on Tuesday unanimously passed the first of two laws required to enact a power-sharing deal designed to end the country's bloody post-election crisis. In a 200-0 vote, the legislature approved the constitutional amendment making positions in the Cabinet for a prime minister and two deputies.
President Mwai Kibaki commemorated on Thursday the 1Â 000 people killed during Kenya's post-election crisis and urged Parliament to enshrine into law a power-sharing deal intended to keep the peace. Kibaki opened Kenya's 10th Parliament with a minute's silence first for two slain legislators then for all the victims of violence.