Barack Obama has chided African leaders who refuse to give up power in his first speech at the African Union headquarters by a US president.
The scolding came in the course of his address on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to the 54-member continental bloc.
“Africa’s democratic progress is also at risk when leaders refuse to step aside when their terms end,” Obama said. “No one should be president for life.”
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Obama said he himself was looking forward to handing over to his successor.
“I have to be honest with you: I just don’t understand this,” he said.