Raila Odinga Becomes the New Prime Minister of Kenya
Raila Amollo Odinga (born January 7, 1945) is a Kenyan politician, currently serving as the Prime Minister of Kenya in a coalition government.
He has served as a Member of Parliament for Langata since 1992, was Minister of Energy from 2001 to 2002, and was Minister of Roads, Public Works and Housing from 2003 to 2005. He was the main opposition candidate in the disputed 2007 presidential election. Following a post-electoral crisis that resulted in the deaths of 1,500 people and the displacement of 600,000 more, Odinga took office as Prime Minister, at the head of a national unity government, in April 2008.
The Prime Minister of Kenya is a post in the Kenyan government re-created in the aftermath of the 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis.
The position was first created under the Dominion of Kenya, in which Jomo Kenyatta was Prime Minister. The office was abolished with the creation of the office of President, which Kenyatta immediately assumed and into which he merged the Prime Minister's office.
However, the office was re-created in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 political crisis, which followed the presidential elections that saw Mwai Kibaki declared the winner for another 5 year term; Raila Odinga, whose party won the majority of the National Assembly, accused Kibaki of fraud, and violence occurred shortly thereafter.