Opening prayers for Kenya’s historic grand coalition parliament have been completed and the speaker is now reading his inaugural official speech before inviting President Kibaki to read his official opening speech.
The highlights of the president's speech, which was incidentally prepared by teams drawn from ODM and PNU, are expected to be themed around (a) the Agreement on the Principles of Coalition Government and (b) the National Accord and Reconciliation Act 2008 which were agreed upon last week following protracted violence and desputes between the the two parties and their supporters.
Citizen and KBC radio, including all TV channels in Kenya are airing events from parliament live. The ODM Captain Raila Odinga is at present occupying the seat of the official opposition leader (left hand of speaker) while ODM-K leader and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka is occupying the seat of the Leader of Government Business (right-hand of speaker).
Updates to follow.
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