Obama Rebukes African Leaders on Human Rights, Corruption
July 28, 2015 in English News by Staff SLL Media
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President Barack Obama rebuked African leaders about human rights and democracy Tuesday, saying those who did not step aside at the end of constitutional term limits risked "instability and strife."
In a speech to the African Union in Ethiopia, he criticized countries for jailing journalists and opposition groups, saying they were creating "democracy in name but not in substance."
"The law is the law — no one person is above the law, not even the president," he told the continent's assembled leaders, joking that he didn't understand why some clung to office "especially when they've got a lot of money."
There were whistles of approval as he tackled the issue of corruption, and called on African countries to end the "bad tradition" of female genital mutilation and child marriage.