Politicians agree peace deal in Kenya

Kenyan politicians have unanimously approved a power-sharing deal, bringing together two men whose dispute over the presidency unleashed weeks of deadly violence.

Kenyan politicians have unanimously approved a power-sharing deal, bringing together two men whose dispute over the presidency unleashed weeks of deadly violence.

President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga both claimed victory in the December 27 presidential election, which observers said was so flawed by rigging that it was impossible to say who had won.

Under the deal approved yesterday, Mr Odinga will fill a newly created post of prime minister.

“Let us make up our minds,” Mr Kibaki told politicians yesterday in urging them to pass the deal, saying the agreement was necessary to rebuild the nation.

The dispute over the election tapped into a well of resentment over land and wealth that resurfaces regularly at election time in Kenya, but this year’s bloodshed was the most brutal and sustained by far.

More than 1,000 people died and a half-million were displaced from their homes.

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