Birthplace wars and conspiracy theories: Five ways in which US presidential race is like an African election

Published: 13/Jan/2016
Source: Mail & Guardian Africa

The election year begun in earnest in the US, with campaigns heating up and incumbent Barack Obama settled into his final twelve months as president. Obama gave is final State of the Nation address last week.

Last year, during his visit to Africa that brought him to Kenya – the land of his father’s birth – and Ethiopia, Obama took a dig at African presidents who cling to power, saying that he would want to run for a third term, and if he did, he would “probably win”, but the US constitution “does not allow” him to.

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Themes: Nationality and Elections, Nationality of Politicians
Regions: East Africa, Uganda, Southern Africa, Zambia, West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire
Year: 2016