Kenyan president names rival as prime minister

.NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – President Mwai Kibaki named opposition leader Raila Odinga as prime minister Sunday, implementing a long-awaited power-sharing deal aimed at resolving a political crisis that left more than 1,000 people dead.

The deal – signed more than a month ago – marks the first time Kenya will have both a president and prime minister. But the working relationship between Kibaki and Odinga, which has been frosty in the past, will determine how long the coalition lasts.

The two men agreed in February to share power after a dispute over who won Kenya’s December presidential election triggered weeks of unrest that killed more than 1,000 people and uprooted 300,000 from their homes.

But negotiations over the Cabinet dragged on, and the public grew impatient. Scuffles broke out for three days last week in Kenya’s largest slum, Kibera, between police and residents protesting the delay.

On Sunday, Kibaki announced the new Cabinet with the 40 ministries split equally between his Party of National Unity and its allied parties and Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement. Kibaki made the announcement a day after holding closed-door talks with Odinga.