Sunday, January 06, 2008

Odinga rejects power-sharing offer

(Waridaad) - Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday rejected Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's offer to form a unity government amid continuing violent unrest following last month's disputed presidential election.

Kibaki made the power-sharing offer following talks Saturday between the Kenyan president and U.S. diplomat Jendayi Frazer, who flew in a day earlier to try to broker a solution to the crisis.

But Odinga told a news conference on Sunday that Kibaki "cannot offer us anything because he did not win the election," The Associated Press reported.
"There cannot be peace without justice," said Odinga. He said he would only sit down for talks with Kibaki in the presence of an international mediator.

"We want a properly negotiated settlement, not a coalition government."
A senior U.S. official told CNN that both parties were prepared to meet with the African Union to find a solution to their political stalemate.

Ghanaian President John Kufuor, who chairs the African Union, is expected to arrive in Kenya in the next several days to mediate between the two leaders, the official said.....Read more

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