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ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (JULY 28, 2015) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WALKING IN TO THE AFRICAN UNION PLENARY ALONGSIDE AU COMMISSION CHAIR NKOSAZANA DLAMINI ZUMA AND ETHIOPIAN PRIME MINISTER, HAILEMARIAM DESALEGN (AUDIO OF APPLAUSE AND CHEERING) AUDIENCE OBAMA ON PODIUM (AUDIO OF APPLAUSE AND CHEERING) MEMBERS OF AUDIENCE WATCHING (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "Economists will tell you that countries, regions, continents grow faster with younger populations, it is a demographic edge and advantage. But only if those young people are being trained. We need only to look at the Middle East and North Africa to see that large numbers of young people with no jobs and stifled voices can fuel instability and disorder." DESALEGN LISTENING TO OBAMA (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "Democracy is not just formal elections. When journalists are put behind bars for doing their jobs or activists are threatened as governments crack down on civil society, then you may have democracy in name but not in substance. I am convinced that nations cannot realize the full promise of independence until they fully protect the rights of their people." AUDIENCE LISTENING OBAMA ADDRESSING PLENARY FROM PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to try and stay in office, it risks instability and strife as we have seen in Burundi and this is often just a first step down a perilous path, and sometimes you will hear a leader say 'well I am the only person who can hold this nation together'. If that is true then that leader has failed to truly build their nation." DELEGATES SAT AND OBAMA AT PODIUM VARIOUS OF PEOPLE LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "I actually think I am a pretty good president, I think if I ran I could win. But I can't. So there is a lot I would like to do to keep America moving, but the law is the law." AFRICAN UNION LOGO ABOVE PODIUM DESALEGN AND OBAMA LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION CHAIR, NKOSAZANA DLAMINI ZUMA, SAYING: "Africa is the only continent that is not represented in the permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council. We know it cannot be a decision of one member but we are asking all members to support us in making sure that this historic injustice is corrected." PODIUM OBAMA SHAKING HANDS WITH DLAMINI ZUMA THEN DESALGN AND WAVING AS HE DEPARTS
Dateline: 2015

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By: Reuters

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