The new unity government of Kenya has been sworn in at a special ceremony presided over by president Mwai Kibaki of the Party of National Unity (PNU).
With 40 ministers and over 50 deputies, the new cabinet represents the largest and most expensive government in the history of independent Kenya. It includes opposition leader Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), who has become prime minister under the terms of the power-sharing deal signed by the two sides at the end of February to end a dispute over the outcome of the 27 December presidential elections. The premiership did not previously exist under the Kenyan constitution.
Ministerial portfolios have been split evenly between PNU and affiliated parties and ODM, with two deputy premiers, one for each side. The ministries of finance, justice and constitutional affairs, foreign affairs and trade have gone to PNU while local government, agriculture and land are with ODM.
The oath-swearing ceremony took place at Kibaki