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Kenya’s Raila and Kibaki Sign Power Sharing Deal

Posted by africasjournal on February 29, 2008

Opposition leader Raila Odinga and incumbent President Mwai Kibaki signed a power sharing deal this week that establishes a prime minister role within the government.

Odinga said “We on our side are completely committed in ensuring that this agreement will succeed. The ball has moved partially from the hands of the negotiators and ourselves to the court of parliament.”

Kibaki speaking for his government said they “will fully support implementation of the agreement reached under the national dialogue and reconciliation process until we achieve the results we all want.”

The agreement calls for an act of parliament within two weeks that would change the country’s constitution, creating the position of prime minister to “coordinate and supervise” the government and its ministries.

The National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008 establishes that the president, vice president, prime minister and other ministers will form the government’s cabinet — with the addition of two deputy prime ministers who will be appointed by the president.

Odinga went on to acknowledge Kibaki as Kenya’s president and stated that they are now “countrymen”.

As with most post colonial nations it is necessary that Kenya first address the internal infrastructure of its government to bring about substantial economic and democratic growth . The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer stated that the power sharing agreement is “critical step toward the legitimate government of the country,” and that the United States would keep both parties “on the right track.

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