18 Aug 2010 06:51:19 GMT 18 Aug 2010 06:51:19 GMT Source: Reuters
NAIROBI, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga headed for a break in Italy as he recovers from an operation last month to relieve pressure on his brain, his office said late on Tuesday.
The usually indefatigable Odinga, who was advised by doctors to slow his pace of work as he convalesces, is expected to return to east Africa's largest economy before the Aug. 27 promulgation of a new constitution.
"The prime minister leaves the country later tonight for a brief holiday outside the country for a few days rest. The PM will be in Italy for about a week," Dennis Onyango, the prime minister's spokesman, said in an emailed statement.
Odinga's illness forced him to break off campaigning for the new charter, which Kenyans endorsed in a peaceful referendum on Aug. 4. On Monday, Odinga hosted a lavish cocktail party at his home to celebrate the "yes" vote.
The revised basic law is aimed at ending the ethnic rivalries that have plagued Kenyan politics since independence from Britain in 1963. Political analysts say the referendum win boosted 65-year-old Odinga's prospects in 2012 presidential elections. (Reporting by Richard Lough; Editing by Charles Dick) news ## for search indexer, do not remove -->