No he couldn't: Obama half brother fails to win Kenya seat
KISUMU, Kenya (AFP) - His half brother may be the most powerful man in the world but that stardust seemed not to rub off on Malik Obama as he failed miserably to win a county gubernatorial seat in Kenya's recently concluded polls.
Mr Obama, 54, who shares a father with United States President Barack Obama, won just 2,792 votes - some 140,000 behind the final winner - in his bid to claim the seat for his home area in western Kenya.
"He was not the winner but at least he competed," said Benson Mughatsia, returning officer for Siaya county, where Obama's ancestral home is located.
"He was not last but he was still a long way off." Standing well over six feet, Mr Obama, who describes himself as an economist and a financial analyst, told AFP on the campaign trail that he would use his contacts with Washington to bring development to the rural backwater he hoped to govern.