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Obama’s Kenyan half-brother running for political seat

President Barack Obama’s Kenyan half-brother has launched his own political career by announcing his intention to run for a Kenyan county gubernatorial seat in the upcoming March 4 elections.

Malik Obama, 54, who shares a father with the U.S. president, told AFP in an interview that the achievements of his more famous brother have “inspired and challenged” him to get into active politics in his homeland.

“When I look at the success that my brother has had in America, I feel I would have let down my people if I do not follow in his footsteps and end their suffering through dedicated, honest and focused leadership,” Obama said in his ancestral home of Kogelo in western Kenya.

He said his links to Washington will help him clinch the seat.AFP


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