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Obama rebukes Bush's democracy-building effort

CAIRO (AP) -- President Barack Obama says no country should try to impose a system of government on another nation.

It was a direct rebuke to efforts by his predecessor -- George W. Bush -- to spread democracy worldwide. And, it signaled to Muslim nations that Obama's administration won't follow suit.

Obama says America doesn't presume to know what is best for everyone. And, he says the U.S. doesn't presume to pick the outcome of a peaceful election.

But Obama also says he believes governments must reflect the will of their people. And, he says he believes all people want to be able to speak their minds and have a say in how they are governed. He says he believes people want to have confidence in law and justice, as well as a transparent government and the freedom to live as they choose.

Online Reporter: Kelsi Schindler

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