Obama tells Africans to build democracy, create jobs to thrive

Obama speaks with a farmer participating in the Feed the Future program as he tours the Faffa Food factory in Addis Ababa, EthiopiaBy Jeff Mason and Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Barack Obama told African nations on Tuesday they needed to respect democratic rules and create jobs to avoid a slide into disorder. In the first speech by a serving U.S. president to the 54-nation African Union, he said violence unleashed in Burundi by the president's bid for a third term in office showed the risks of ignoring constitutional rules. "Africa is on the move, and a new Africa is emerging," he said at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, adding the continent's rapid economic growth was changing "old stereotypes" of a continent of war and poverty.

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