Obama makes case for democracy, urges patience with Trump

US President Barack Obama speaks during a Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative town hall meeting at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru November 19, 2016 in LimaWith Donald Trump’s election sparking questions about the respect for democratic norms at home, US President Barack Obama made a strident case for democracy Saturday and urged world leaders to give his successor a chance. Speaking to young Latin Americans in Lima, Peru, Obama argued that democracy and development go hand-in-hand, and that authoritarian governments ultimately fail. With China and Russia seen as major global beneficiaries of Trump’s election victory, Obama acknowledged that questions were being raised about the post-Cold War primacy of democracy.

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