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In quotes: Kenya deal reaction

World figures respond to the agreement by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition chief Raila Odinga to form a coalition government after a two-month crisis that has claimed 1,500 lives.

MEDIATOR AND FORMER UN SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN

"Compromise was necessary for the survival of this country.

"The job of national reconciliation and national reconstruction is not for the leaders alone. It must be carried out in every neighbourhood, village, hamlet of the nation.

"I call on all Kenyans to support this process so that Kenya can once again be a moral inspiration and economic engine for Africa.

"And let me assure you that your friends in Africa and the international community are all behind you."

UK PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN

"I applaud the courage that Kenya's leaders have shown in taking the tough decisions necessary to put Kenya back on the path to the prosperity, democracy and stability which it is so richly deserves.

"Kenya's leaders have reached a power-sharing agreement that represents a triumph for peace and diplomacy, and a renunciation of the violence that has scarred a country of such enormous potential.

"Common sense has prevailed, and the Kenyan people have the outcome for which they have hoped and prayed."

AFRICAN UNION CHAIRMAN JAKAYA KIKWETE

"I salute the people of Kenya on this historic occasion."

US STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TOM CASEY

"We want to see this agreement implemented and much will depend on its implementation. We will be watching very carefully to see how this progresses."

MATTHEW PEARSON, HEAD OF EQUITIES RESEARCH AFRICA, RENAISSANCE CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LONDON

"Uncertainty is one thing that international investors hate, so the closer you get to a resolution, the better. The question is now the magnitude of the damage done to companies and the economy."

KENYAN COLUMNIST MACHARIA GAITHO

"The really hard part begins now because this has to go to parliament. I think both sides will really have to show good faith and whip their MPs into line to make sure that whatever is proposed in parliament passes without a hitch."

KENYA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION HEAD MAINA KIAI

"This is the step forward Kenya needed. We were hoping it would be a transitional government leading towards elections and longer term review of the constitution, and of the key structures and institutions.

"A major challenge will be to see whether the MPs themselves can put aside their own personal ambitions for the good of the country. Not all MPs will be accommodated in the cabinet.

"The cabinet will have to be leaner and should not contain hardliners."





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