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Topic - Jakaya Kikwete
Tanzania's storied wildlife reserves could soon get a watchful, winged inhabitant: U.S. drones.
President Obama issued an executive order Monday targeting the illegal trafficking of elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns and other products from protected animals in Africa, saying the poaching and trafficking is threatening the continent's iconic wildlife and must be stopped.
President Obama blames former President George W. Bush for many of America's problems, but as the two men prepare for an improbable meeting Tuesday in the East African nation of Tanzania, Mr. Obama is finding reason to praise his predecessor.
Tanzania's president is waging a war on hunger — and while he's at it, he wants to modernize his East African nation's agricultural sector to lift millions of his countrymen out of poverty.
As Libya's dictator struggles to keep his grip on power, one of his pet projects appears to be moving ahead at the African Union, which took initial steps Tuesday toward creating his grand plan: the United States of Africa.
Tanzania's ruling party, which has been in power for close to half a century, faced an energized opposition in national elections Sunday after corruption scandals that have undermined the government's popularity.
"We will try as much as we can to learn from what has gone wrong with some of our friends, and let's see if we can do better," he said. "I am hopeful that we will."
"We accept the reality that we will not get much, and already aid has declined, but we think we may not lose everything," he said. "We don't see signs on the part of the U.S. government to abandon the poor."