Annan cools hopes of Kenya peace deal

Reports of a peace deal between Kenya's rival political factions were described as premature by former UN head Kofi Annan today.

Mr Annan, who is mediating talks between President Mwai Kibaki and main opponent Raila Odinga said it was too soon to announce a power-sharing agreement aimed at ending weeks of bloodshed.

"I sincerely hope ... we will complete our work by early next week," he said. But a statement by an opposition MP that a deal had been reached "was jumping the gun," he added.

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