Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Former U.N. secretary-general Mr. Kofi Annan, briefing Kenyan lawmakers, said he ruled out a recount of the violence-triggering re-election of Mr. Mwai Kibaki.

Mr. Annan also said the situation in the country was too volatile for a new election to take place for at least a year. The Annan-led talks, now in their third week, between PANU government and ODM teams were moving from Nairobi to an undisclosed location to get out of the public eye, Annan said.

Mr. Annan also indicated that a new agreement may include constitutional, judicial and electoral reforms. The Orange Democratic Movement, led by Raila Odinga, and Kibaki's Party of National Unity reportedly tabled proposals for a power-sharing agreement.

The former U.N. secretary-general cautioned against speculating about any proposals, saying a deal may be struck as soon as three days.

"The current crisis is a big challenge but it provides an opportunity for Kenyan leaders to steer the country to a new level of stability," Annan told the country's members of parliament.

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