Friday, March 28, 2008

Today's Headlines - Fri 3/28/2008

Former UN Chief Intervenes Again in Kenyan Political Crisis

By VOA News 28 March 2008

Kofi Annan (file photo)Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan is appealing to Kenya's president and prime minister-designate to resolve their differences over the country's new Cabinet.

U.N. officials and Kenyan politicians say Mr. Annan called from New York this week to urge President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to end their stalemate.

The two men have failed to agree on the size of the Cabinet or who should head key ministries.

Mr. Annan helped broker a deal between the rivals last month to end deadly violence that followed Kenya's disputed presidential election.

The violence erupted after Mr. Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement accused Mr. Kibaki of rigging the December 27 vote.

The rivals have since agreed to form a power-sharing government with Mr. Odinga as prime minister. They also agreed to split the Cabinet evenly between their parties.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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