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No recount in Kenya vote, says Annan

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  • Annan says both sides have agreed not to pursue a recount or audit of votes
  • Ex-U.N. chief suggests a "grand coalition" government as lasting solution
  • Both sides agree to independent committee to probe vote irregularities
  • Political violence has killed at least 1,000 since December
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NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- Both sides in a disputed presidential election in Kenya have agreed not to pursue a recount or audit of the votes, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday as he suggested a possible solution to a bitter and bloody political crisis.

The agreement means the re-election of President Mwai Kibaki will stand despite international monitors citing flaws in the voting.

Yet Annan suggested that a "grand coalition" government could lead to a lasting settlement to the political crisis that has convulsed Kenya since Dec. 27, sparking violence that has killed at least 1,000 and displaced 300,000. Such a coalition, he said, could pursue constitutional reforms that would precede another presidential election.

Both sides also have agreed to the creation of an independent committee to investigate irregularities in the Dec. 27 election and suggest reforms.

He said he hoped both sides would reach an agreement by the end of this week.

Annan has been in Kenya, meeting with supporters of Kibaki and the opposition leader, Raila Odinga, to try to broker a lasting political solution to a crisis that has sparked violence in a country long known as as island of calm and relatively healthy economic development East Africa.

No agreement has been reached on what Annan called a "grand coalition," but he said it would involve the major political parties governing and pushing constitutional reforms together. After those reforms were passed, he said, another election could be held.

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He urged members of parliament to work "across party lines" and said the parties could paralyze government and stymie reforms if they do not.

Meanwhile, negotiators trying to resolve a political crisis in Kenya plan to move to an undisclosed location and make no public statements for the next few days, a senior aide to Annan told CNN.

Teams representing Kibaki and Odinga plan to move their discussions from a hotel in Nairobi to confer in private at a secret location, the aide said.

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The goal is to meet far from the media spotlight in hopes of reaching an agreement, the aide said. The negotiating teams plan to make no public statements for the next 48 to 72 hours, the aide said.

Violence that followed the election has taken on ethnic overtones, with members of each candidate's ethnic group attacking the other. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

CNN's David McKenzie in Nairobi contributed to this report.

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