New Kenya Cabinet Sworn In

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Opposition leader Raila Odinga was sworn into office as Kenya's prime minister Thursday, fulfilling a key step in a power-sharing deal aimed at ending a violent political crisis in the East African nation.

More than 1,000 people have died in fighting and 300,000 have been displaced since the December elections that both Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki claimed to have won. With the violence escalating, the rivals agreed in February to share power -- but then wrangled for weeks over how to divide power.

On Thursday, 40 Cabinet ministers took up their positions, 20 each from Kibaki's and Odinga's camps. Kibaki's party retained the key finance and internal security ministries and Raila's allies will head up agriculture and local government.

Meanwhile, with the task of devising a power-sharing Cabinet solved, Kenya's new government faced its first challenge: the Mungiki gang sowing terror in the capital, Nairobi.

"I want to tell our brothers the Mungiki we shall talk to them," Kibaki said at the inauguration ceremony. "We should speak together as Kenyans."

The gang has lashed out with violence over the deaths last week of two relatives of key gang members.

At least 13 people died Monday, and at least one person was killed Thursday in the capital, police official Patrick Mangoli said. He said the gang also tried to burn down a chief's camp, but their petrol bombs failed to burn properly.