On March 18, 2008, the Parliament of Kenya voted unanimously to approve a power-sharing agreement between President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga. The Kenya Accord and Reconciliation Act of 2008, intended to end violence sparked by the country's disputed 2007 presidential election, names Odinga as the nation's first prime minister. The controversial presidential vote sparked simmering ethnic tensions in the country, where Kibaki has long been accused of using his position to favor members of the Kikuyu tribe. Fueling accusations of malfeasance, Kibaki won the election despite early opinion polls that placed rival candidate Odinga in the lead.
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