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Obama challenges Ethiopia on democracy but praises Shebab fight

Barack Obama is making the first-ever trip by a US president to Ethiopia -- Africa's second-most populous nation and the seat of the African UnionUS President Barack Obama on Monday praised key African ally Ethiopia for its fight against Shebab militants in Somalia, but also challenged Addis Ababa on its democratic record. Obama is on the first-ever trip by a US president to Africa’s second most populous nation, a close strategic partner for Washington credited for beating back the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamists but a country also much criticised for its rights record. “Part of the reasons we’ve seen this shrinkage of Shebab in East Africa is that we’ve had our regional teams,” Obama said, referring to African Union and Somali government troops.

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