Monday, February 25, 2008

Today's Headlines - Mon 2/25/2008

Google News Alert for: Kenya


updated 2 hours, 55 minutes ago

Kenya talks reach standstill - CNN

Story Highlights:

  • Negotiating teams for Kenya's government and opposition leave talks
  • Clear sticking points caused standstill
  • Opposition calling for prime minister's job and proportional sharing of powers
  • Kofi Annan is chief negotiator in talks aimed at defusing political crisis

NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- Negotiating teams for Kenya's government and opposition left their talks after only half a day Monday amid clear sticking points, sources close to the negotiations said.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan is the chief mediator in the talks aimed at defusing Kenya's political crisis.

The negotiators left to consult with their principals about the current state of the talks, according to sources within the mediation team of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the chief mediator in the talks aimed at defusing Kenya's political crisis.

Annan had asked Friday for both President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to "give their negotiators clear instructions so that we can move swiftly to a conclusion," sources with Annan's team said. But sources close to the negotiations said there remain clear sticking points to finding a solution.

It was not immediately clear what those sticking points were.

Both sides said Monday the government had agreed to the opposition party's request to have the prime minister's job. The powers of that post and details of its creation were under discussion.

The opposition party has also said it wants a proportional sharing of powers in any new government.

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The opposition promised last week to embark on a mass civil disobedience campaign by Wednesday if its demands aren't met, employing such tactics as work slowdowns to apply pressure in the talks.

Violence erupted in Kenya after the December 27 presidential election, when incumbent Kibaki of the Party of National Unity (PNU) was declared victor. Odinga's backers said the election was rigged, and he and his supporters declined to recognize the election as valid.

The fighting that followed the election has broken down along tribal lines. Members of Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe and Odinga's Luo tribe have been in the middle of the ethnic clashes.

Both sides eventually agreed to talks and approved the creation of an independent committee to investigate irregularities in the poll and suggest reforms.

But the opposition parliamentary group has been accusing the PNU of "procrastination and obvious time buying games" at the talks, which Annan has overseen.

CNN's David McKenzie contributed to this report.


Kenya politicians back at talks, hoping to end crisis soon
International Herald Tribune - France
AP NAIROBI, Kenya: Kenya's opposition accused the government Monday of backing away from plans to share power to end a deadly dispute over the country's deeply flawed presidential election that sparked nationwide violence.

The two sides are engaged in lengthy and often bitter negotiations to end the deadlock over the Dec. 27 vote, which the opposition says was stolen. A power-sharing deal seemed imminent last week, but the breakthrough never came...

Government negotiators have said they expect a deal by Wednesday. The opposition has threatened mass protests if a deal is not reached by the end of the day Wednesday.
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