Kenyan Leaders Reach Deal

Annan says rivals have come to terms to end post-election crisis
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2008 8:12 AM CST
Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga, left, speaks with former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, right in Nairobi, Kenya, Wednesday Feb. 27, 2008. Kenya's opposition has called off mass protests planned...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) –  Kenya’s feuding leaders have finally reached a power sharing deal, Kofi Annan announced today after a four-hour meeting. Annan said he could not yet release details, but the deal is expected to spell out duties for the prime minister position to be created for opposition leader Raila Odinga, the BBC reports. Though the violence that swept Kenya after the election has waned, tensions remain high.

Deals have been announced before during Annan's month-long diplomatic mission in Nairobi, one BBC analyst cautioned, but Annan seems confident that this is a major development. Around 1,500 have died since Odinga’s disputed election defeat, and another 600,000 have fled their homes.