Irish actor Pierce Brosnan decided to become an American because he wants the right to vote for John Kerry in the upcoming presidential election.

The 51-year-old screen star took the oath on 23 September (04) in Los Angeles, just weeks ahead of when voters will decide between Kerry and President George W Bush as the USA's leader for the next four years.

Brosnan says, "I want to have a voice. I want to be able to vote for John Kerry."

After taking his oath, Brosnan returned to his home on Malibu, California, where he was greeted by his wife KEELY, their two children and a cake decorated with an American flag.

Brosnan, who will retain dual citizenship, adds, "I found a whole new life and identity in America. (But) my heart and soul will forever be Irish."

30/09/2004 21:10