(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.