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Kenya: Politics and Government

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of (a) the political situation in Kenya and (b) progress in implementing the National Accord in that country. (272917)

I am very concerned by the political situation in Kenya, particularly the current disputes between the coalition partners and the detrimental impact this is having on implementation of the National Accord. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister wrote to President Kibaki and Prime Minister Odinga on 9 April 2009 to relay our concerns and to encourage them to intensify their efforts to deliver reforms. He underlined that unless more rapid progress was made on constitutional and electoral reforms, on improving security and on addressing corruption and impunity, there was a serious risk of a return to violence in Kenya. The Government will continue to work with the Kenyan government and our international partners to promote full delivery of the National Accord, providing practical and financial assistance where we can.