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April 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Kenya's political rivals traded accusations over a last-minute delay in naming a coalition Cabinet, the crux of a power-sharing deal to end the country's bloodiest crisis in 45 years of independence. Officials announced Thursday that President Mwai Kibaki's allied parties and opposition leader Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement would split 40 ministries evenly. The Cabinet's formation is seen by Kenyans and investors as a sign that the East African nation is ready to leave behind the postelection violence that killed at least 1,200 people and displaced 300,000.
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March 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - After a hard-fought presidential campaign, this strategic East African country is trying to avoid a recurrence of tribal violence that killed more than 1,000 people after its last election, violence its new president-elect stands accused of helping to incite. Kenya's independent election commission Saturday pronounced Uhuru Kenyatta the winner with 50.07% of the vote. His main challenger, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, refused to concede, citing what he called widespread fraud and irregularities.
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March 10, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
NAIROBI, Kenya - After a hard-fought presidential campaign, this strategic East African country is trying to avoid a recurrence of tribal violence that killed more than 1,000 people after its last election, violence its new president-elect stands accused of helping to incite. Kenya's independent election commission Saturday pronounced Uhuru Kenyatta the winner with 50.07% of the vote. His main challenger, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, refused to concede, citing what he called widespread fraud and irregularities.
WORLD
April 6, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Kenya's political rivals traded accusations over a last-minute delay in naming a coalition Cabinet, the crux of a power-sharing deal to end the country's bloodiest crisis in 45 years of independence. Officials announced Thursday that President Mwai Kibaki's allied parties and opposition leader Raila Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement would split 40 ministries evenly. The Cabinet's formation is seen by Kenyans and investors as a sign that the East African nation is ready to leave behind the postelection violence that killed at least 1,200 people and displaced 300,000.
WORLD
February 1, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
Angry mobs clashed with police Thursday in several Kenyan cities as news spread about the slaying of a second opposition lawmaker in this Rift Valley town. The newly elected parliament member, David Kimutai Too, and a female companion were shot to death in a car in what police described as a "crime of passion" arising from a "love triangle."
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April 14, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Mwai Kibaki named opposition leader Raila Odinga prime minister Sunday, implementing a long-awaited power-sharing deal aimed at resolving a political crisis that left more than 1,200 people dead. The deal marks the first time Kenya will have both a president and a prime minister, and the working relationship between Kibaki and Odinga, which has been frosty in the past, will determine how long the coalition lasts. Either side can end it at any time. Tensions remain high.
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January 3, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
Police early today clashed with opposition protesters who were determined to stage a banned "million-man march" here in the capital to protest President Mwai Kibaki's victory in an election they say was rigged. Police fired tear gas and a water cannon as thousands of protesters at a roundabout west of the city center defied an order to disperse. They marched toward the site of the banned gathering, Uhuru Park, where truckloads of paramilitary police had arrived to set up a blockade.
OPINION
January 4, 2008
The international community flunked its first genocide prevention test in Rwanda. It failed again in Darfur. Now comes another chance at redemption -- in Kenya, where, mercifully, there is still time and opportunity to keep one of the few peaceful, stable and prospering countries in Africa from jumping over the precipice of ethnic warfare. It will require a swift and concerted effort to help the Kenyan people and institutions eager to save their own nation.
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January 4, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
President Mwai Kibaki said Thursday that he was willing to meet with opposition leaders, but only when peace was restored in Kenya. Hopes of a political settlement to help end the bloodshed and protests over Kenya's disputed presidential election appeared dim despite intense international efforts to bring Kibaki and his rival, Raila Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, together. Riot police blocked protesters in Nairobi's slum districts from going to downtown Uhuru Park for a rally.
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December 28, 2007 | Nicholas Soi and Robyn Dixon, Special to The Times
Kenya's democracy faced a major test Thursday as 14 million people voted in presidential and parliamentary elections marred by delays, preelection violence and opposition claims of vote fraud. Turnout was high as many Kenyans rose before dawn, walked miles to the nearest polling station and stood for hours in line to vote.
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January 10, 2008 | Robyn Dixon, Times Staff Writer
As the head of the African Union met with Kenya's political rivals here Wednesday to try to get them talking, opposition supporters waited tensely on the streets for news and warned of more violence if President Mwai Kibaki stays in power. John Kufuor, the AU chairman and Ghana's president, met separately with Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga, trying to help steer them toward a political resolution to end tribal violence that followed their disputed presidential contest.
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