Talks to end Kenya's political crisis reached a standstill on Monday and negotiators from both sides said President Mwai Kibaki and rival Raila Odinga must now make the hard decisions on sharing power themselves. Negotiating teams met early on Monday to try to finalise agreement on ending post-election turmoil.
Kenya's government said on Thursday it agreed in principle to creating a prime minister's post demanded by the opposition, in a possible breakthrough for a political crisis some worry could explode into violence again. Local and international pressure has grown for a deal to end the stand-off over President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election on December 27.
Kofi Annan, the mediator trying to end Kenya's violent post-election crisis, prepared to reveal a deal on Friday struck between the feuding parties that looked set to shift the dispute towards a battle over the Constitution. Annan is trying to bring an immediate end the crisis, which plunged the country into one of its darkest moments since 1963 independence.
Negotiators for Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Friday talks to resolve their dispute over Kibaki's re-election had moved forward but not reached a final deal. ''I don't think it's really going to be a breakthrough, but rather an agreement of principles,'' a senior government official said.
Kenya's police said the fatal shooting of a legislator by a policeman on Thursday was a ''crime of passion'' and had already led to one arrest. But the head of the Orange Democratic Movement, Raila Odinga, called the death of David Kimutai Too in the Rift Valley town of Eldoret a politically-motivated ''execution''.
Kenya on Wednesday pledged tougher action to rein in post-election violence that threatens to spiral out of control, in the East African nation's darkest moment since independence in 1963. Protests over President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election in the December 27 vote have degenerated into cycles of killing between rival tribes.
Kenyan police clashed with opposition members on Thursday in a second day of unrest over President Mwai Kibaki's disputed re-election, and the opposition said police had killed seven. In opposition strongholds in the capital, Nairobi, and the western town of Kisumu, police fired tear gas and live bullets and struck at least two people.
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki said on Saturday he was ready to form a government of national unity to end post-election violence that has killed hundreds of people and forced 250 000 to flee their homes. The development could be a breakthrough after a week-long stalemate between Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Kenya's opposition challenger, Raila Odinga, led on Saturday in the race to govern East Africa's largest economy but tempers flared over the slow pace of vote tallying in the incumbent's strongholds. In a third day of ballot counting, Odinga, heir of a wealthy nationalist hero, led President Mwai Kibaki.
Early forecasts showed Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki in a close fight on Friday with his main challenger after an election diplomats praised as smooth, despite sporadic violence and rigging claims by both sides. An exit poll gave Kibaki the lead, but partial tallies compiled by three local broadcasters put his rival, Raila Odinga, ahead in the race.
Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf said on Friday he was in good health after recovering from a bout of pneumonia, and laughed off a flurry of reports he was near death. ''I'm fine, I am OK,'' Yusuf said in an exclusive interview from his hospital bed in Nairobi. ''I had pneumonia, but the doctors have taken it out [treated it] and I am well now,'' he said.
Kenyan police on Tuesday said they had shot dead at least 25 suspected members of the Mungiki criminal gang since last week, after at least 13 people were killed in a surge of violence blamed on the group. Thursday's conviction of a former Mungiki leader on weapons charges ended a brief lull in the slaughter.