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Barack Obama and family enjoy Indonesia holiday

Former US president Barack Obama (left) with his daughter Malia Obama (centre) visit the Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java (28 June 2917) Image copyright EPA
Image caption Mr Obama and his daughter Malia (centre) engaged in a spot of sightseeing on Wednesday

Barack Obama and his family are enjoying a holiday in Indonesia, spending time white-water rafting and visiting temples.

He arrived with his wife and two daughters on the island of Bali before visiting an ancient Buddhist temple in Java on Wednesday.

Mr Obama is a popular figure in Indonesia where his holiday has received saturation press coverage.

The former US president spent four years in Indonesia as a child.

He moved to the country aged six when his mother married an Indonesian man, following the breakdown of her marriage to his Kenyan father.

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Image caption The former president was reported to be intrigued by the ninth-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, Central Java
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Image caption Neither Sasha (left) nor Malia (right) accompanied President and Michelle Obama in 2010
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Image caption The former president is usually accompanied by cheering fans and heavy security

Barack Obama's 2010 Indonesia charm offensive

In 2010 he returned to the country as president with his wife, Michelle.

On his latest trip daughters Malia and Sasha accompanied the former first couple.

The distinguished visitors are being accompanied by a big security complement.

Mr Obama is due to meet President Joko Widodo on Friday in his palace south of Jakarta. The family is due to visit the capital on Saturday.

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