April 12, 2008 / 7:29 PM / 10 years ago

CHRONOLOGY: Kenya in crisis after disputed election

(Reuters) - Following is a chronology since December 27 presidential and parliamentary elections:

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

January 4, 2008 - Kibaki says he will accept an election re-run if a court orders it. The next day, he 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 rioting and ethnic killings.

February 5 - Red Cross says the death toll from Kenya’s bloodletting has risen to at least 1,000.

February 16 - U.S. President George W. Bush, on a visit to Africa, backs a power sharing deal for Kenya.

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

March 6 - Kibaki commemorates the 1,000 people killed during the crisis and urges parliament to enshrine into law a power-sharing deal intended to keep the peace.

April 8 - Odinga’s opposition Orange Democratic Movement suspends talks with Kibaki’s party until it agrees to share power fairly.

— Police fire teargas to disperse opposition supporters in Nairobi protesting after the second delay in two days in naming a new cabinet.

April 12 - Kibaki and Odinga strike a deal on a power-sharing cabinet after secret one-on-one talks, sources close to the talks say.

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)

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