- Kenyan deputies have began the crucial tasks of debating and approving bills on constitutional amendments and the formation of a coalition government.
President Mwai Kibaki will append his signatures on the laws before they become applicable. This will follow the creation of Raila Odinga, the leader of opposition Orange Democratic Movement, as Kenya's Prime Minister, the second in the country's history after independence in 1963.
It will also allow the nomination of cabinet ministers as well as nail the political developments achieved by the mediators.
Through the guidance of AU mediators, the two sides have resumed works on addressing non-political issues [poverty, economic disparity, land distribution, etc] relating to the bloody post-electoral crisis.
Kenya - once the oasis of peace and democracy in a volatile region - was confronted with its greatest challenge in history when a row over presidential election results turned into ethnic cleansing, rampage and destruction, resulting to several deaths.
In a released report, Human Rights Watch said much of the violence was organised, premeditated and financed by local politicians.
Meanwhile, President Kibaki had launched a multi-million dollar appeal to finance the emergency humanitarian and reconstruction programme. Kibaki had announced the National Reconciliation and Emergency Recovery Strategy programme after he had met the diplomatic community.
Both Kibaki and Odinga asked lawmakers to speed up the formation of the coalition government so that appeal for international donor can take.
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