Odinga candidate elected to key parliament post in setback for president Kibaki.
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While consolidating his hold on power, Kibaki has called for dialogue but ruled out foreign mediation, while his hardline henchmen have told the ODM to shut up or take their complaints to court.
Meanwhile, in a further blow to efforts to end the political deadlock, Kofi Annan, the former UN chief, postponed a mission to mediate the crisis “for a few days” after having taken ill with severe flu, the United Nations said in Geneva on Tuesday.
The government has refused any foreign mediation saying there is no crisis, while the opposition insists it would consider talks if there was an international middleman.
On Tuesday, the opposition candidate Kenneth Marende won the influential speaker post, dealing the government its first defeat, following hours of raucous debate.
The ODM has 99 seats in the newly elected parliament, making it the largest single party but short of an overall majority. Kibaki’s Party of National Unity (PNU) won 43 seats and an ally secured 16.