Kenyan Rivals Make Deal for Election Review

No progress seen on power-sharing or new government structure
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 5:08 PM CST
Chief mediator and former U.N. chief Kofi Annan walks to a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday Feb. 15, 2008. Kenya's political rivals have agreed on the need for an independent review of the election...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kenya’s president and opposition leader today unveiled an agreement to examine the hotly contested Dec. 27 election, but the sides have made no progress on a deal to share power, the AP reports. "There is real momentum," said mediator and ex-UN chief Kofi Annan. The deal also calls for the drafting of a new constitution within a year.

The committee to examine the election will include both Kenyans and outsiders and is expected to produce a report in 3 to 6 months. Some Kenyans are frustrated that the pact omitted power-sharing: "Why are they not hitting the main issue so we can have a normal life in Kenya?" asked one Kenyan, weary of unrest that has left 1,000 dead.