Obama says world should resist cynicism over rise of strongmen

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (JULY 17, 2018) (SABC POOL) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday (July 17) the world should resist cynicism over the rise of strongmen in an apparent reference to populist leaders who hold power in several countries.

“Look around, strongman politics are ascendant suddenly, whereby elections and some pretence of democracy are maintained, the form of it, but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning,”

Obama said in a speech in Johannesburg to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.

He also warned of the dangers of fake news, saying: “People just make stuff up…politicians have always lied but it used to be if you caught them lying, they’d be like “oh man”. Now they just keep on lying.”

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