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Obama praises political reconciliation on visit to Kenya

The former US leader visited the birthplace of his father.

Former US president Barack Obama has hailed Kenya’s progress in getting the government and opposition to work together.

Mr Obama, on his first visit to Africa since leaving the White House, praised President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga for co-operating following last year’s disputed presidential election.

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Mr Obama poses with members of his extended family (AP)

Speaking in Kogelo, the rural birthplace of his father, Mr Obama said more needs to be done to face challenges such as corruption.

The former American leader travelled to Kogelo to launch a sports and training centre founded by his half-sister, Auma Obama.

Thousands of Kenyans turned up in his ancestral home in Siaya County to see Mr Obama but many could not get into the venue due to high security.

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