Rice Says Power Sharing In Kenya Will Strengthen Country’s Ties To US

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has told Kenya’s rival politicians that sharing power to end an ongoing political crisis would help the country’s relationship with the United States.

Rice says it “isn’t going to be business as usual until this crisis is resolved.” The comments come after a meeting in Kenya with former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is mediating the peace talks.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in violence since a flawed vote in late December. Opposition leader Raila Odinga claims President Mwai Kibaki stole the election. Rice is slated to meet with both men.

Kenya’s foreign minister says any solution must come from Kenyans themselves.