LONDON - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has praised US presidential candidate Barack Obama, seemingly breaching a protocol that prevents world leaders from endorsing candidates in foreign elections.
In a commentary published yesterday, Brown hailed Obama's proposals for a mortgage foreclosure prevention fund and said he believed the US Democratic Party is the organisation offering policies to help people through the current economic woes.
"In the electrifying US presidential campaign, it is the Democrats who are generating ideas to help people through more difficult times. They want to help prevent people from losing their home," Brown wrote in Parliamentary Monitor magazine.
"Barack Obama has proposed a foreclosure prevention fund to increase emergency pre-foreclosure counselling, and help families facing repossession," he said.
In meetings with both Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain, Brown has gone to great lengths to appear impartial. Brown's Downing Street office denied yesterday that the article amounted to an endorsement of Obama. But Britain's main opposition Conservative Party said Brown was guilty of a serious gaffe. - Sapa-AP