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Obama's Half-Brother Flops in Kenya Election

March 8, 2013

Malik Obama, the 54-year-old half-brother of US President Barack Obama, flopped miserably in his effort to get elected as a governor in western Kenya, with results Friday showing he received just 1 per cent of the votes cast in his constituency.

The Kenyan accountant, who ran as an independent, garnered just 694 votes in a race with over 55,000 ballots cast in Siaya County. The winner was William Odhiambo Oduol, with 56 per cent of the vote.

The two Obamas share the same father - once a goat-herder in Kenya, who became an academic - but have different mothers.

Malik ran on a campaign of "change," echoing his younger brother's slogans of hope and change in the 2008 United States presidential election.

In an interview with dpa during the Kenyan campaign, Malik said he and Barack last spoke after the US elections, when the latter promised to visit Kenya if the elections were fair and transparent.

Many Kenyans were disappointed that Barack Obama did not visit during his first term. In 2009, Obama's first trip to Africa was to Ghana.

Barack Obama last visited Kenya in 2006, when he was a senator.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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