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 Friday, 3 January, 2003, 11:23 GMT
Kenya's parliament switches sides
Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki
Handover of power: From Moi (l) to Kibaki
Kenya's new President, Mwai Kibaki, will have a comfortable majority in parliament, with more than half the seats won by his supporters.

FINAL RESULTS
Narc: 125 seats
Kanu: 64 seats
Other parties: 21 seats
Kibaki: 62%
Kenyatta: 31%
Turnout: 57%
His National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) has 125 seats in the new parliament, while the party of outgoing President Daniel arap Moi, Kanu, gets only 64 seats, according to definitive results released by the electoral commission.

It took the commission several days to collect results from all 18,366 polling stations, many of which were in isolated areas.

Mwai Kibaki was inaugurated as Kenya's new president earlier this week.

Disappointing turnout

The Ford party came third in the 27 December general elections, with 14 seats in parliament, while four small parties won the remaining seven seats.

Crowds at President Kibaki's inauguration
Crowds cheered every blast of a 21-gun salute for the new president

Mr Kibaki won 62.2% of the vote, with 31.3% going to his main opponent, Kanu's candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ford's Simeon Nyachae was credited with 6% of the vote.

In spite of the enthusiasm generated by the polls, which saw the demise of Kanu after nearly 40 years in power, turnout was lower than expected.

Just under 56% of registered voters cast their ballot, compared with 69% in the 1997 election.

New government

Mr Kibaki is expected to appoint his cabinet later on Friday.

He has pledged to reduce the number of ministers in the government for the sake of efficiency, he said.

Narc leaders Charity Ngilu and Raila Odinga
Charity Ngilu and Raila Odinga will both demand senior cabinet posts

The seven members of the top organ of Narc are expected to get portfolios in the cabinet.

But analysts say that Mr Kibaki has a tough job pleasing all the different parties and ethnic groups which united behind his victorious election campaign.

Meanwhile, a row has erupted over the building where Kanu has had its headquarters for many years.

Narc has vowed to repossess the building and has mortgaged it for a bank for 300m shillings (about $4m).

The building has been a contentious issue between Kanu and the former opposition for some time.

Public accounts reports of parliament have stated that the building belongs to the government, not Kanu.

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