Kenya govt says agrees in principle to PM post

Kenya's government has agreed in principle to the creation of a prime minister's post sought by the opposition, but the terms and duties are still being discussed, a government negotiator said on Thursday.

Kenya govt says agrees in principle to PM post
"That is more or less agreed on. What we are discussing now is the post's functions, responsibilities, nature of appointment and so on," Mutula Kilonzo, a negotiator at talks led by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, told Reuters. "This will be an interim measure."

The opposition has demanded the post and a 50-50 split in cabinet positions, and threatened new street protests if a political solution is not found within a week -- raising new fears of more violence over Kenya's disputed Dec. 27 election.

Asked if the position would have executive powers, Kilonzo said: "We will not give anybody a hollow shell."

He said the interim post would come with a sunset clause that causes the position to expire either when parliament is dissolved or when a new constitution is enacted.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Şubat 2008, 12:39