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Vol 56 No 16

Published 6th August 2015

Bouquets and brickbats

Some well-aimed political points made President Obama’s tour a personal success but deep concern about US policy remains

As soon as Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairwoman of the African Union Commission, had told President Barack Obama: ‘Although we welcome you as President of the US, we also claim you as our own,’ he held the attention of assembled officials and regional leaders for his lengthy speech at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa on 27 July. Like so much of Obama’s Africa tour on 23-27 July, it was stronger on symbolism and inspiration than on policy.

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