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Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, today welcomed the swearing-in of the new coalition government in Kenya.

Summary: 17 April 2008, Brussels - Commissioner Michel stated, "I am delighted that this important day has finally come for Kenya and its people. This is the political solution that Kenya needs."

Commissioner Michel also reminded all parties of the crucial need to make this coalition work for the sake of all Kenyans. "The creation of this coalition government is only the first step on the path towards sustainable and peaceful development. The hard work begins today since many fundamental reforms are needed to address the root cause of the recent crisis. And so I call upon Kenya's leaders and this new government to work together for all Kenyans so that they can look forward to a better and more peaceful and prosperous future." he said.

The European Union welcomed the signing of the agreement on the 28th of February 2008 on the formation of a coalition government. This agreement was made possible due to the statesmanship of President Mwai Kibaki and Opposition leader Raila Odinga as well as the facilitation role of the African Union and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.

  • Ref: EC08-0085EN
  • EU source: European Commission
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  • Date: 17/4/2008

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