Kenyans agree on joint government
By TOM ODULA, Associated Press Writer 5 minutes ago
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya's ruling party and opposition
have agreed to form a joint government in an effort to
end the bloodshed that has engulfed the country since
the disputed Dec. 27 presidential election, an
opposition lawmaker said Friday.
The two sides were still discussing who would lead the
government and what roles each party would play.
"We have finally agreed there is a problem in the
country and neither side can proceed on its own," said
William Rutto, a lawmaker from the opposition Orange
Democractic Movement. "We have agreed to form a joint
government. Details of that government, its time and
how to share it are under discussions."
There was no immediate comment from the government or
President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity. But
former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who is heading talks
aimed at resolving the crisis, was expected to make a
statement later Friday.
Word of the power-sharing government came hours after
Kibaki said he was "committed" to the negotiations.
Speaking at a prayer meeting in Nairobi, Kibaki said
he was "encouraged" by progress in talks and
reiterated "my personal support and that of my entire
government to this process."
More than 1,000 people have been killed and 300,000
driven from their homes in fighting that has often
pitted many of the East African country's myriad
ethnic groups against one another.
International and domestic observers have heavily
criticized the vote tallying process and the head of
the electoral commission has publicly said he does not
know who won the election.