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Update on political process:
Kenya's MPs to usher in new era - BBC
Kenyan MPs are debating two bills that will entrench a power-sharing deal between President Mwai Kibaki and rival Raila Odinga into the constitution.
The amendment requires a two-thirds majority vote and will create a post of prime minister and two deputies.
President Kibaki is expected to appoint a cabinet with Mr Odinga as the prime minister following the changes.
A political deal was reached after violence erupted following December's disputed elections.
Some 1,500 died and 600,000 people were displaced during the violence and many thousands still haven't returned to their homes.
Both President Kibaki and Mr Odinga have urged the MPs to move quickly as they debate the constitutional changes which will bring the opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) into a grand coalition.
ODM MPs: 102
PNU MPs: 46
Pro-ODM MPs: 5
Pro-PNU MPs: 61
Vacant seats: 6
The legal changes will be greeted with a huge sense of relief by millions of Kenyans.
Under the deal reached two weeks ago, President Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU) and the ODM will share power on a 50-50 basis.
Analysts argue that the composition of the new cabinet will be a key indicator of how the grand coalition will work.
The National Accord and Reconciliation Act, which is also being debated, states that the coalition stands dissolved if one party decides not to participate in the arrangement.
It however does not provide for the holding of a fresh election in the event that the coalition collapses.
Both parties have also agreed to form a commission of international experts to probe events during the elections.
President Kibaki last week appointed former South African Judge, Johann Kreigler to head the probe team.
The experts will be sworn in this week and are expected to complete their investigations in three months.
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Published: 2008/03/18 11:53:45 GMT© BBC MMVIII