Wednesday, November 5, 2008

kenya declares national holiday

Kenya declared a national holiday after Barack Obama's election as the first black U.S. president, to commemorate the fact his father was born in the African country, Agence France-Presse reported.

``This is a momentous day not only in the history of the United States of America, but also for us in Kenya,'' President Mwai Kibaki said in a statement, according to AFP. ``The victory of Senator Obama is our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya. As a country, we are full of pride for his success.''

Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., was born in Kenya and left the president-elect's mother two years after his son was born. Obama met him once after that and his father died in a car accident in 1982. Obama's first book was titled ``Dreams From My Father.''

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