Kenya Rivals Edge Closer to Power-Sharing Deal

Annan says deal is just days away
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2008 10:53 AM CST
Opposition leader Raila Odinga, right, shakes hands with Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands Bert Koenders after their joint press conference, at the Orange Democratic Movement party...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kenya’s two parties are close to a power-sharing deal that could end the national bloodshed in the wake of the disputed December election, Reuters reports. The details were still being hammered out, but one opposition legislator said, “We have finally agreed that there is a problem in the country and neither side can proceed on its own.”

Kofi Annan, who has been leading reconciliation talks, said he thinks a deal is just days away. Opposition leader Raila Odinga appeared to step back yesterday from calls for president Mwai Kibaki to resign; Kibaki said earlier today that he'd been “encouraged” by the talks. The violence has left more than 1,000 dead and 300,000 people displaced.