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Obama calls for safeguarding democracy in final weekly address

Washington: US President Barack Obama urged his countrymen to protect and safeguard democracy in his final weekly address to the nation before handing over power to President-elect Donald Trump.

Obama reiterated the message he expressed in a farewell speech on Tuesday in Chicago, calling on Americans to remain involved in the work of citizenship and be “guardians” of democracy, Efe news reports.

“Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better president and you made me a better man,” the President said in the address, which went live on Saturday morning.

“Over the course of these eight years, I have seen the goodness, the resilience, and the hope of the American people,” Obama said.

“I’ve seen neighbours looking out for each other as we rescued our economy from the worst crisis of our lifetimes. I’ve hugged cancer survivors who finally know the security of affordable health care. I’ve seen communities … rebuild from disaster and cities like Boston show the world that no terrorist will ever break the American spirit,” he said.

Obama said it had been the honour of his lifetime to serve as US president and that he would work as a citizen for the American people for the rest of his days.

Obama’s second term in office will conclude on January 20, when Trump is inaugurated as the United States’ 45th President.

—IANS