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Kofi Annan says Kenya’s political rivals have "come to an understanding on the coalition government." President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga had been sparring over the powers alloted to a new prime minister position, to be held by Odinga as a consolation prize for not winning the presidency. We’ll have to see how ...

Kofi Annan says Kenya’s political rivals have "come to an understanding on the coalition government." President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga had been sparring over the powers alloted to a new prime minister position, to be held by Odinga as a consolation prize for not winning the presidency. We’ll have to see how Annan and the parties resolved this dispute.

For a good background read on Kenya, check out FP‘s recent Seven Questions interview with John Githongo, a former anticorruption official in the administration of President Mwai Kibaki. Githongo says, "[I]t is the realities on the ground that will likely drive things, not the talks." In other words, Annan’s deal is only a starting point.

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