Members of parliament gathered in Nairobi on 6 March for the state opening of parliament exactly one week after the signing of a power-sharing deal to end the political deadlock triggered by the disputed presidential elections of 27 December.

Their first duty now will be to pass into law four bills providing the necessary constitutional and legal framework for the agreement and creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address some of the historical injustices over the distribution of land and wealth especially in the fertile Rift Valley uncovered by the recent crisis.

The next task will be to form a new government, which prime minister-designate Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) says could be ready within the next two to three weeks.

Under the power-sharing deal cabinet posts will be distributed to reflect the balance of power in parliament, which is split almost equally between ODM and the Party of National Unity (PNU) of president Mwai Kibaki and affiliate parties.

The powers and responsibilities of the prime minister

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