President Obama is continuing his historic fourth trip to Africa, tackling issues of democracy and human rights in Kenya and Ethiopia.
In his father’s homeland of Kenya, Obama urged the Central African nation to deepen its developing democracy, tackle corruption, and end political exclusion based on gender or ethnicity. In a break from diplomacy, he also took to the dance floor to the sounds of Swahili music.
In Ethiopia, Obama called for an end to a crackdown on government opponents and press freedom. The President emphasized that a free flow of information is critical for growth in a country currently among the world’s top jailers of journalists.
President Obama will also hold talks on resolving violence in South Sudan early this week. Tens of thousands have been killed in South Sudan as ethnic factions continue to clash in the world’s newest country, which owes its independence to a US-led effort.