Breakthrough as President Kibaki and Raila sign deal
Written By:Millicent Awuor , Posted: Thu, Feb 28, 2008
President Mwai Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga have agreed to the formation of a coalition government, which allows the formation of a Prime Ministers office with two deputies.
The historic event took place at the President’s Harambee house office.
UN Secretary general Kofi Annan and AU Chairman who is also Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete witnessed the 5.07 pm signing ceremony.
According to terms of the accord, the Prime minister will be elected from the party with the majority in parliament.
The office of the Vice president still remains in the arrangement.
Each party will nominate a deputy.
The two also agreed to the sharing of cabinet posts on a 50:50 basis.
Parliament reconvenes next week to ensure the changes are embedded in an act of parliament paving way for a constitutional amendment.
According to other details spelled out by mediator Koffi Annan the coalition will cease if parliament is dissolved, if one of the coalition members pulls out or if the parties involved agree to such terms in a meeting.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister can be removed from office through a majority vote of no confidence by parliament.
The talks will now move to the fourth agenda which aims at looking at long term issues including the constitutional reform, poverty reduction and land reforms.