Kenya electoral train wreck update #3


The principals in the Kenya electoral train wreck, President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, today signed a power-sharing agreement.

For those who haven’t been paying attention to the winding road that led to this agreement, here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here are some news clips from the past month that will catch you up.

Whether this arrangement will help resolve matters—not only the immediate problems sparked by the election itself, but also the deeper underlying issues of Kenyan politics—is of course another question altogether.

One Response to Kenya electoral train wreck update #3

  1. Gina February 29, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    From what I’ve read, many Kenyans are thrilled with the deal, which is described in Kenyan press as a peace deal rather than a power-sharing deal as it is described in foreign press. The concerns seem to focus on the implementation and what changes, if any, will be made to push the deal through Parliament when it opens on March 6th. The Kenyan Daily Nation quoted Annan saying that he decided to bypass party negotiators and sit down directly with Kibaki and Odinga. He felt that there was too much distrust among the negotiators. It remains to be seen whether the two leaders can get the hardliners in their parties behind the deal.