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Vol 49 No 5

Published 29th February 2008


Kenya

The Harambee House deal

A compromise deal has pulled the rival parties back from the brink but much detail still has to be resolved

The two-page agreement signed by President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House on 28 February could hardly have been simpler. Drafted by Attorney General Amos Wako and opposition lawyer James Orengo, it sets out the terms of a grand coalition, jointly led by the President and an Executive Prime Minister, who will be the leader of the largest party in Parliament. Ministerial portfolios are to be shared out according to the relative strengths of the parties in Parliament. Yet a lack of clarity remains about the extent of the Prime Minister's powers.

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