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Obama's Kenyan half-brother predicts election win

Monday - 11/5/2012, 2:24am  ET

Malik Obama, half-brother of President Barack Obama, poses for photographs after speaking about the upcoming U.S. elections to an Associated Press television reporter in the village of Kogelo where he lives in western Kenya Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. Kogelo village is also the current home of Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of the U.S. President, and many Kenyans consider Obama, with a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, as one of their own. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

KOGELO, Kenya (AP) -- United States President Barack Obama's Kenyan half-brother says the leader's African family is optimistic that he will win Tuesday's election.

Malik Obama told The Associated Press Sunday that the family sees no reason why Obama shouldn't be elected for a second term.

He was speaking during a sports tournament that he organizes every year in honor of their late father, Barack Obama, Sr.

Villagers at Obama's father's home town of Kogelo have high expectations that Obama will win. At the St. Richard catholic church, Okech Ogombe, 53, a church elder, said he prayed for Obama's reelection.

Most Kenyans consider Obama, the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, as one of their own. Barack Obama has five Kenyan half-brothers and a half-sister.


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