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Press hails Kenyan power-sharing deal

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The press in Kenya has warmly welcomed the power-sharing deal announced on Thursday.

Several papers are optimistic that the deal signed between President Mwai Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga will save the country from "anarchy" and "self-destruction" and heal the wounds of the conflict sparked by the disputed elections.

One commentator greets the development with the simple wish: "Let the party begin!"

EDITORIAL IN KENYA'S STANDARD

The agreement... marks the beginning of a hopeful but challenging period for Kenya. Coming at a time armed militia were reported to be preparing for renewed violence should the talks collapse, it will be remembered as the moment the nation stepped back from the brink of a precipice.

EDITORIAL IN KENYA'S NATION

The agreement... reinforces the adage that behind every cloud, there is a silver lining. Just a few days ago, it was all gloom and foreboding with indications that the talks aimed at pulling Kenya back from anarchy were on the verge of collapse... Signing that deal, along with the concessions each [has made], stands as a true mark of leadership and patriotism... Kenyans who have witnessed death and destruction on a scale they could not have imagined demand speedy implementation of the agreement.

EDITORIAL IN KENYA'S TIMES

The political settlement... helps to heal the wounds that were physically and mentally inflicted on the people following the disputed results of last year's general election... Leaders must therefore never let down the people again.

CHRIS ODWESSO IN KENYA'S TIMES

Kenya yesterday embarked on a journey away from self-destruction to a world that once again promises hope, common sense, patriotism, reconciliation, restoration and dignity.

LUCY ORIANG IN KENYA'S NATION

The shuttle diplomacy between Mr Kofi Annan and the principals of the Party of National Unity and the Orange Democratic Movement has paid off. There's only one thing to say at this point: Let the party begin!

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