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UN: Kenya political rivals sign deal

Posted by africasjournal on February 14, 2008

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By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer1 hour, 9 minutes ago

Political rivals trying to lead Kenya out of weeks of violence that left more than 1,000 people dead signed an agreement Thursday, a U.N. spokesman said, but no details were released and the talks were to continue next week.

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who is mediating the discussions, will release the text of the agreement Friday afternoon, said the spokesman, Nasser Ega-Musa.

Annan and the negotiators have been holed up in an undisclosed location for two days to try to hammer out agreements following a dispute over who won Dec. 27 presidential election.

A news blackout on the peace talks appeared to be holding; both parties have declined to comment on the discussions.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga accuses President Mwai Kibaki of stealing the Dec. 27 vote, and domestic and international observers have said was deeply flawed.

Odinga and Kibaki have been under pressure to share power as a solution. The election unleashed weeks of violence, killing more than 1,000 people and forcing 600,000 to flee their homes.

The talks are being held at a safari lodge in the Tsavo West National Park in southern Kenya. Top negotiators said Tuesday that the opposition was proposing sharing power with the government for two years, then holding new elections.

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