NAIROBI, Kenya, March 1 (UPI) -- Prime Minister-designate Raila Odinga of Kenya has pledged to help those affected by the political standoff over President Mwai Kibaki's election.
Odinga vowed to help bring Kenyans together after the post-election violence that left about 1,500 people dead and displaced thousands, the BBC reported Saturday.
"You have seen the ugly face of ethnic confrontation in our country. I feel confident that the experience we have gone through has been a teacher and everyone is going to ensure that this coalition does succeed," Odinga told the British network.
Under a power-sharing agreement negotiated by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, a new, two-party coalition government is to be established and cabinet posts will be divided equally between parties.
"It means we recognize Mr. Kibaki as president and he recognizes that there were some flaws in the elections," Odinga was quoted as saying.
The two groups are expected to resume negotiations concerning long-term ownership of land, the constitution and the economy.