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TIMELINE - Turmoil in Kenya after disputed 2007 election

(Reuters) - Kenya’s post-election crisis mediator Kofi Annan said on Thursday he had handed a sealed envelope with the names of top suspects behind the violence to the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor.

Here is a timeline of events since those polls:

December 30, 2007 - Electoral Commission declares President Mwai Kibaki re-elected and he is hurriedly sworn in. Riots erupt as his rival, Raila Odinga, says the vote was stolen.

January 5, 2008 - Kibaki says he is ready to form a government of national unity. The opposition rejects the offer.

January 8 - Kibaki announces 17 ministers for his new cabinet. Protesters burn barricades in response.

January 15 - Parliament is convened. The opposition, which won a majority of seats, takes the post of speaker.

January 24 - Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, mediating in the crisis, brings Kibaki and Odinga together for their first meeting since the crisis began.

January 28 - Opposition legislator Melitus Were is shot dead outside his home in Nairobi, triggering more killings.

February 28 - Kibaki and Odinga sign agreement after talks on power-sharing.

March 6 - Kibaki urges parliament to enshrine into law the power-sharing deal and commemorates the losses in the bloodshed, which killed over 1,300 people and uprooted around 300,000.

April 8 - Odinga’s opposition Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) suspends talks and his supporters take to the streets after delays to naming of the cabinet.

April 12 - Kibaki and Odinga agree on the cabinet list after secret one-on-one talks.

April 17 - The cabinet is sworn in at Kibaki’s residence. The 41-member cabinet is Kenya’s largest and costliest ever.

September 18 - An official inquiry says that the conduct of the polls was so defective that it is impossible to establish true or reliable results for the 2007 elections.

October 15 - An inquiry into the violence calls for an international tribunal to prosecute the ringleaders, but does not disclose the names of the top suspects.

-- Judge Philip Waki, who headed the inquiry, disappoints by saying the commission’s list of top suspects will be sealed and handed to Kofi Annan.

February 12, 2009 - Parliament fails to agree on the creation of a special court in Kenya to try those involved in the violence.

February 17 - Parliament appoints lawyer Cecil Guyana Miller as head of a new interim electoral commission, to replace the body which was blamed for the confusion in the 2007 result.

March 6 - Demonstrations break out against illegal police killings. The day before, activists Kamau Kingara and Paul Oulo were killed in Nairobi. The government had previously accused the activists of being a front for a brutal crime gang.

March 10 - Thousands of students protest against alleged police killings, with the demonstration later sliding into violence in the latest sign of frustration with the government.

April 6 - Justice Minister Martha Karua resigns in disgust over stalled political reforms.

June 11 - Annan says the country’s leaders have until August to set up a local court for perpetrators of violence -- or face international action.

July 9 - Annan says he has handed a sealed envelope with the names of at least 10 alleged masterminds of the violence to the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor.

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit, editing by Elizabeth Fullerton)

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