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.
Kenya's political leaders on Friday agreed to negotiate a settlement to end weeks of bloodshed, with chief mediator Kofi Annan saying he hoped a deal could be reached early next week. After negotiations failed to yield a breakthrough, Annan met with President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga.