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Key points: Kenya power-sharing deal
Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga have signed a power-sharing agreement which will see the creation of a prime minister post.

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, who mediated the negotiations, said the deal would be known as the National Accord and Reconciliation Act, and "entrenched in the constitution".

He outlined the key points of the agreement as follows:

  • The post of prime minister will be created, with the holder having the authority to co-ordinate and supervise the execution of government functions.

  • The prime minister will be an elected member of parliament and the parliamentary leader of the largest party in the National Assembly, or of a coalition if the largest party does not command a majority in parliament.

  • Two deputy prime ministers to be appointed, one to be nominated by each member of the coalition.

  • The prime minister and deputy prime ministers can only be removed if the National Assembly passes a motion of no-confidence with a majority vote.

  • A cabinet to consist of a president, vice-president, prime minister, two deputy prime ministers and other ministers.

  • The removal of a minister of the coalition will be subject to consultation and agreement in writing by the leaders.

  • The composition of the coalition government will at all times take into account the principle of portfolio balance, and reflect the parties' relative parliamentary strengths.

  • The coalition will be dissolved if the current parliament is dissolved; or if the parties agree in writing; or if one coalition partner withdraws from the coalition.



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