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Now to Kenya, where two political antagonists signed a power sharing agreement yesterday, and today they are working to make it a reality. This deal creates a new job, prime minister, for the opposition leader. The ultimate goal: end ethnic fighting from the disputed presidential election. More than 1,000 people have been killed in the last two months.
NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports.
OFEIBEA QUIST-ARCTON: So there's a deal and many Kenyons are euphoric that finally the politicians appear to have put the country ahead of their own personal ambitions and agendas. But the chief mediator in the crisis, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, warned that this was just a first step in a long journey of reconciliation for Kenya.
Secretary General KOFI ANNAN (Former United Nations Secretary General): Compromise was necessary for the survival of this country. Support this agreement, for it is the key to the unity of Kenya.
QUIST-ARCTON: After weeks trying to thrash out a political agreement, negotiators are now working on the remaining points. Kofi Annan reckons it could take a year or more to resolve the deep-seated issues that have bitterly divided Kenyans, including disputes over land, property, privilege and crucially, poverty.
Most people expect power sharing to be tricky with a powerful President Mwai Kibaki ceding just some of his authority to a new prime minister and his erstwhile rival Raila Odinga.
But Kenyon politicians are talking up the deal. Foreign minister Moses Wetang'ula.
Minister MOSES WETANG'ULA (Foreign Minister, Kenya): It is not going to be an issue of the two men. It's an issue of the whole of us. We don't mix together(ph) like water and oil in the same bottle. We must be one government serving the people of this country.
QUIST-ARCTON: Odinga's opposition spokesman, Salim Lone, said there was hope.
Mr. SALIM LONE (Opposition Spokesman): And I believe Kenyans as a whole will have to struggle to heal the wounds because there was so much suffering on both sides that has led, you know, engendered a lot of ethnic hatred amongst people. This is our key challenge.
QUIST-ARCTON: A long and bumpy road ahead for Kenya.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, NPR News, Johannesburg.
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