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Obama warns African leaders who refuse to step down

Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned African leaders who refuse to give up power and urged the continent to end “the cancer of corruption”, in the first ever address to the African Union by a US president. Both are key security allies in the fight against Somalia’s Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shebab militants, but they were also challenged on concerns over democracy, human rights and graft. “Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end,” Obama said, drawing huge applause and cheers from some sections of the audience in the AU’s Nelson Mandela hall.

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