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Singer Shakira lends support to Obama

Colombian superstar Shakira says Democrat Barack Obama is the best candidate for president, citing his leadership skills.

world Updated: Oct 05, 2008 10:27 IST

Colombian superstar Shakira says Democrat Barack Obama is the best candidate for president, citing his leadership skills.

In a statement yesterday, the Grammy-winning pop artist said Obama can restore peace and the world's confidence in the United States. Obama faces Republican presidential nominee John McCain in the November 4 election.

Obama said he was honoured to receive the singer's endorsement. The Illinois senator praised Shakira as a role model for young Latinas in the US and beyond.

Shakira encouraged US Latinos to vote in November.

The United States "has a profound importance to me, and I think to the whole world as well," she said.