Kenya: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 23rd October 2008.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Kenya; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Kenya has returned to stability following the violence earlier this year that arose from the disputed December 2007 elections. The new Grand Coalition Government has made some progress towards implementing the agenda for reform agreed by all parties during Kofi Annan's mediation process. Achieving the agreed benchmarks for reform along with early steps to tackle the issues that underlay the violence, such as poverty, inequality and impunity, will ensure confidence in a commitment to the process. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister said after meeting Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga on 23 July 2008, we welcome the commitment of the political parties in Kenya to power-sharing and their efforts to live up to the expectations of the Kenyan people. The Government, with their international partners, are working to assist Kenya with their reform agenda in the pursuit of longer-term stability and growth, and to prevent such violence recurring.

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