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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Barrack Obama's Half-Brother Says He's Voting for Donald Trump 'to make America great again'

President Barack Obama's half-brother Malik, also known as Abongo or Roy, is about three years older than his more famous half-sibling. (The two men had the same father but different mothers.) Barack and Malik did not grow up together, as Malik was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, while Barack was born in Hawaii and lived in the United States and Indonesia. They did not meet for the first time until 1985, when they were in their mid-20s; each served as best man at the other's wedding, but they appear to have had little contact with each other in recent years.

Malik Obama sought to capitalize on his now-famous surname by running for governor of the Kenyan county of Siaya in 2013, but he was defeated in that election by a wide margin. He made headlines in the U.S. in July 2016 when he announced to the New York Post that he would be voting not for his brother's putative Democratic successor, Hillary Clinton, but for Republican candidate Donald Trump:

Mr Obama, age 58, a longtime Democrat, said his “deep disappointment” in his brother Barack’s administration has led him to recently switch allegiance to “the party of Lincoln.”

“I like Donald Trump because he speaks from the heart,” Malik Obama told the New York Post from his home in the rural village of Kogelo. “Make America Great Again is a great slogan. I would like to meet him.”

The paper said that Malik Obama “spoken to his brother a year ago and was miffed that he did nothing to help his own foray into politics” when he ran for governor of the southwestern Kenyan county of Siaya in 2013.”

The last straw, he said, came earlier this month when FBI Director James Comey recommended not prosecuting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her use of a private e-mail servers while secretary of state. “She should have known better as the custodian of classified information,” said Mr Obama.

Mr Trump was quick to point out the news on Twitter, said that Mr Obama “was probably treated badly by the president - like everyone else”.

Malik Obama holds a photograph showing him and his brother (AP)

Mr Obama was also reportedly annoyed about the role played by his brother and Ms Clinton in the demise of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Malik Obama dedicated his 2012 biography of his late father to Gaddafi and others who were “making this world a better place.”

“I still feel that getting rid of Gaddafi didn’t make things any better in Libya,” he said. “My brother and the secretary of state disappointed me in that regard.”

Mr Obama plans to return to the US to vote for Mr Trump in November. Mr Obama used to live in Maryland, where he worked for many years as an accountant and is registered to vote there.

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