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Obama’s US victory hailed an inspiration’

PUBLISHED: 15:01 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 23 August 2010

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., makes remarks to his supporters after his victory in the Democratic Iowa caucus Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., makes remarks to his supporters after his victory in the Democratic Iowa caucus Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A TOP racial equality director has hailed the new US president Barack Obama and claims his success could lead to a black Prime Minster in the UK. As the votes were being counted to find the 44th president of the USA Dev Sharma, director of North West Ken

A TOP racial equality director has hailed the new US president Barack Obama and claims his success could lead to a black Prime Minster in the UK.

As the votes were being counted to find the 44th president of the USA Dev Sharma, director of North West Kent Racial Equality Council (NWKREC) backed Obama.

Mr Sharma MBE saidthe democrat will point the way forward for the rest of the world if successful in the race to the White House.

He said: "Barack Obama will be a very good role model and that he will inspire the rest of the black, minority and ethnic community to access these things.

"It will give a sense at long last we are achieving the community cohesion that has been so elusive in the past.

"His presidency would have an effect on the rest if us by showing that this is the way forward and maybe in the near future we will have a black Prime Minister."

Mr Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 the son of a Kenyan man and a white woman from Kansas. He worked as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago after studying law at Harvard and served in the Illinois state senate from 1996 to 2004, being elected to the US Senate in a landslide victory in 2004.

In less than two years he has gone from a virtual unknown to a household name. He became the first black presidential candidate for either of the major US parties when he clinched the democratic nomination after a gruelling battle against former first lady, Hilary Clinton in June.

Mr Sharma, whose office is based in Wrotham Road, Gravesend, added: "Before Barack Obama we were not even hoping that it would happen in the near future but what has happened will give people a heart to say, 'Ok, this can be done' and they will have the confidence to try it themselves.

"I'm pleased that people are looking not at the colour but at the capability of the person. As far as I'm concerned it doesn't matter what colour a person is, it's the capability of the candidate that is important and it is refreshing to see that in America that is what they are focussing on."

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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