Feuding Kenyan Leaders Meet – NYTimes.com

The two sat down and talked for more than an hour in President Mwai Kibaki’s office in downtown Nairobi, the capital, according to Kenyan lawmakers. “It was a good meeting,” said Jakoyo Midiwo, a political ally of the prime minister, Raila Odinga. “They agreed to address the issues that divide us.”Mr. Odinga and Mr. Kibaki had been locked in a bruising political impasse for more than a week, after Mr. Kibaki revoked Mr. Odinga’s suspensions of the ministers of agriculture and education on suspicion of corruption.The acrimony between them is hardly new. Mr. Kibaki and Mr. Odinga have been rivals for years, and it was a disputed election between them in 2007 that caused Kenya to crack open in ethnic violence that killed more than 1,000 people. After that, under intense international pressure, Mr. Kibaki and Mr. Odinga joined together in a so-called grand coalition government. But the coalition has been roundly lambasted as dysfunctional, corrupt and a “grand letdown,” with this impasse being one of the low points.

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