President Barack Obama with Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, at Bole International Airport Addis Ababa , Ethiopia, Sunday July 26, 2015. (AP Photo / Sayyid Azim)
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US President Barack Obama landed in Ethiopia on Sunday, beginning a two-day stay and becoming the first American leader to visit Africa's second most populous nation.Air Force One touched down at Addis Ababa's international airport after a short flight north from the Kenyan capital Nairobi, and the president was greeted on the tarmac by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.Obama will also become the first US president to address the African Union, the 54-member continental bloc, at its gleaming, Chinese-built headquarters.Having spoken frankly in Kenya on human rights and corruption, Obama can also be expected to address Ethiopia's -- and Africa's -- democracy deficit.Rights groups, however, are not happy about Obama visiting Ethiopia, saying the trip could lend credibility to a government they accuse of suppressing democratic rights.
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