Kenya Leaders Sign Deal to Share Power

By: AP
By: AP

Rival political leaders on Thursday signed their names to a power-sharing agreement, then shook hands after weeks of bitter negotiations in Nairobi to reach the deal. Opposition leader Raila Odinga referred to his rival as "my countryman, President Mwai Kibaki" which shows acceptance of the deal.

Reminders of this year's political chaos in the African nation were never far away.. police fired tear gas to break up crowds of dozens of people gathered out Kibaki's office to watch the signing of the agreement. Both Kibaki and Odinga claimed to have won the Kenyan national elections two days after Christmas. Observers say both sides worked to make sure the election was rigged. The dispute set off street violence that killed more than 1,000 people there.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan served as a mediator in the talks. The State Department will be watching the political situation closely, to see if both leaders can really share their political power. Many in Western Kenya says it will take years to recover from the violence and the hatred.


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