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Kenya's New Cabinet Takes Oath of Office


Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has taken the oath of office as part of a new power-sharing Cabinet formed after a deadly post-election crisis.

Mr. Odinga was sworn in Thursday in front of President Mwai Kibaki and former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Mr. Annan brokered the agreement between Mr. Kibaki and Mr. Odinga, and has urged Kenyans to support the newly-appointed coalition government.

The new minister for medical services Peter Anyang Nyongo tells VOA the Cabinet has already begun working together to help the country recover from the post-election crisis, particularly the problem of internally displaced people.

President Kibaki announced the power-sharing Cabinet Sunday. The move ended a deadlock that threatened to re-ignite weeks of deadly violence triggered by a dispute over December's presidential vote, which the opposition says was rigged.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.