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Kibaki, PM meet over nominees

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga held a two hour meeting on Wednesday in a bid to restart the process of picking a new Attorney General.

The Prime Minister strode into the President’s Harambee House office at 12.45pm and left at 2.45pm.

He did not speak to journalists who had camped outside the office.

The two had initially been expected to meet on Tuesday evening, moments after the President withdrew his controversial list of nominees to the offices of the Chief Justice, Attorney General, Director of Public Prosecutions and Controller of Budget.

The President said he had decided to let the Judicial Service Commission initiate the process of picking a new CJ and went on to invite the PM for further consultations on the nomination of the country’s Attorney General.

Speaking soon after President Kibaki announced the withdrawal of the nominees, the Premier said that he was happy that finally, "the President has seen the light."

He told reporters he was ready to meet the President to deliberate on the matter in line with the National Accord that demands that such appointments be done after consultations.

The Prime Minister said he was always open to negotiations with the President "because that is the only best way for us to move the country forward."

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