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It is a case of who blinks first in the standoff between the Executive and Parliament, as disagreement over the new list of voting areas continued to take its toll on Government. On Tuesday, the Executive appeared to extend an olive branch to MPs who are literally holding the Constitution implementation hostage. To get an easy way out of the impasse, President Kibaki called a crisis Cabinet meeting in which a sub-committee was tasked to sweet-talk MPs. On Tuesday, most MPs unhappy with the underhand moves that blocked the Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission from gazetting 80 new constituencies, walked out of Parliament just as important Bills were coming up for discussions. Last week, two Motions seeking to adopt nominees to two key commissions meant to operationalise the new Constitution were adjourned without debate. The protest by MPs is expected to continue this morning, as the Executive attempts to reach out to the Legislature. MPs walked out after question time soon after two Bills that are meant to reform the Judiciary –The Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Bill and the Judicial Service Bill – went through the procedural first reading. When it was time to debate a report by a departmental committee on Agriculture, MPs walked out in silent protest, and when the bell was rung, the House failed to meet the threshold of the requisite 30 MPs to proceed with business. Kibaki called the crisis meeting on Tuesday before he leaves for Arusha on Wednesday, for the East African Heads of State Summi