The beginning of a new Kenya, leaders sign an agreement
Kenyas leaders signed an agreement to end the bloodshed and divide the government's roles to satisfy both parties, reported CNN.com.
The agreement calls on parliament for a constitutional change, where a prime minister role will be taken by Raila Odinga and the president role will still be assumed by President Mwai Kibaki, the cabinet and the parliment will also be divided to represent both parties.
The agreement includes parliment to change the countries constitution; according to The National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008 the new constitution will establish the president, vice president, prime minister and other ministers for the governments cabinet.
U.N.'s former Secretary-general and chief mediator, Kofi Annan said, "Let the spirit of healing start today. Let it start now. Compromise was necessary for the health of this country."
The agreement was signed after augmented pressure from both national and international institutions.
The talks were stuck at various points, and even though there has been a signed agreement, this is the "beginning of a long and difficult political relationship," reports NYT.com
One of the biggest underlying questions is how will the country run with the bosses that have been in bitter dispute just months ago. More than 1,000 people have been killed and tens of thousand driven from their homes.
In Kenya, both "fighting and voting," are along the lines of ethnicity. "We should begin to ensure the Kenyans begin to celebrate and love each other and that we destry the monster that is called ethnicity," said President Kibaki.