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Obama calls for more young, female leaders

  • M. Taufiqurrahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Singapore   /   Mon, December 16, 2019   /  03:45 pm
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Former US president Barack Obama speaks at an innovative communications conference organized by Les Napoleons network group, where he appeared as a guest of honor, in Paris, on Dec. 2, 2017. (AFP/Martin Bureau)

As the world sees the rise of populism and demagogues, former United States President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama called on Monday for the renewal of hope in democracy and wanted women and young people to take up political leadership. Speaking before a packed auditorium at the Singapore Expo, Obama, who was taking a break from writing his memoir in Hawaii, said most problems in politics arose when old leaders clung to power and refused to step aside. “Even if I could stay for a third term, I still would not do it. I believe in renewal of leadership and that old people should get away. If people with old ideas stay, new ideas are squashed and tragedies come from that impulse [to stay in power]. It is time for new ideas, new legs. That’s democracy,” said Obama, who was quick to add jokingly that given the stress from his time in office former first lad...