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Thursday, April 3, 2008

People's PM say deal reached on Cabinet

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NAIROBI - Kenya's political leaders agreed today on a new Cabinet as part of a power-sharing deal to end postelection violence, Raila has said. On Wednesday, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he was concerned over the slow pace of forming a new government under the deal he brokered in February.

"The Cabinet will be sworn in" on April 12, opposition leader Raila Odinga told reporters. He said details would be announced on Sunday. Bandit President Mwai Kibaki and Odinga have been wrangling over the makeup of the Cabinet, which is meant to be split between Orange Democratic Movement and Kibaki's allies.

Kibaki and Odinga claimed victory in the Dec. 27 presidential election, which sparked weeks of violence that killed more than 1,000 people before the two agreed to share power. Observers said the vote was so flawed it is impossible to say who won.

Najib Balala, a senior leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, said Wednesday that discussions on a new government were deadlocked because Kibaki and members of his Party of National Unity were not willing to cede important portfolios. Kibaki's presidential press service said the seemingly drawn-out Cabinet discussions were necessary. "Both parties noted that the long consultations were necessary to enable there to be an agreement that is amicable and good for the country," the statement said.

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