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[Published: Saturday July 11 2009]

Obama speaks of hopes for Africa

Accra, 11 July-(ANA)-US President Barack Obama, on his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office, has said Africa must take charge of its own destiny in the world.

Obama told parliament in Ghana during his one-day stay that good governance was vital for development.

Major challenges awaited Africans in the new century, he said, but vowed that the US would help the continent.

The US president's trip comes at the end of a summit of eight of the world's most powerful nations, held in Italy.

Ghana was chosen as the destination for the president's visit because of its strong democratic record.

After his speech, Obama headed to Cape Coast Castle, a seaside fortress converted to the slave trade by the British in the 17th Century. He was accompanied by his wife, Michelle, a descendant of African slaves, and both of his young daughters.

A little earlier,  Obama spoke to members of parliament after a breakfast meeting with Ghanaian President John Atta Mills. (ANA)

FA/ANA/11 July 2009---

 


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