Monday, February 18, 2008

Muslim Nations Cast Vote for Barack Hussein Obama

Delegates at an Islamic forum voiced support on Monday for US presidential hopeful Barack Obama reports AFP.

Many Muslim delegates said they hoped to see Obama win the Democrat nomination and go on to be elected next November to succeed US President George W. Bush.

"I would like to see Obama become president of America because he champions 'change and hope', which we Muslims need as much as the Americans do," Islamic television preacher Amr Khaled told AFP.

"The Indonesian people would love to see a [U.S.] president who has studied at an elementary school in Jakarta," Din Syamsuddin, chairman of Muhammadiyah, one of Indonesia's largest Islamic organizations, told AFP in a reference to Obama.

The Bush administration is generally unpopular in the Middle East and Islamic world due to the war on terror which is often associated with Islamic extremism.

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