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FACTBOX: Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga

(Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga signed an agreement on Thursday after talks on power-sharing to end a post-election crisis.

Here are key facts about Odinga:

* Born into one of Kenya’s political dynasties on January 2, 1945, in Maseno, west Kenya, the 62-year-old Odinga comes from the Luo tribe, one of the country’s largest.

* Father Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, a nationalist hero and Kenya’s first vice president after 1963 independence from Britain, became a key opposition figure against the governments of founding President Jomo Kenyatta and his successor President Daniel arap Moi.

* Odinga is viewed as a firebrand by many Kenyans, an impression consolidated by remarks in a biography indicating he was a plotter in an attempted coup in 1982. Now he tries to show a more moderate, business-friendly face.

* Educated in communist former East Germany, Odinga named his first-born son Fidel Castro.

* Representing Nairobi’s Kibera slum, one of Africa’s largest, Odinga projects himself as a champion of the poor. But he has a large business empire and is a member of Kenya’s wealthy elite.

* Some attribute Odinga’s toughness to the 9 years he spent in jail under Moi for protesting one-party rule. He served six years in solitary confinement. He was charged with treason over the coup bid, before fleeing to Norway for a brief exile.

* A former ally of Kibaki, he helped him win power in 2002 and served for three years in his cabinet before being sacked for campaigning against him in a 2005 constitutional referendum.

* The Odinga family home displays part of his book collection -- from Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs to biographies of Stalin -- as well as two stuffed lions he is said to have picked up in Tanzania and South Africa.

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