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Uganda's President, Yoweri Museveni, wins fifth term

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President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda

(elbcradio.com/Feb. 20, 2016) -Reports say, Uganda’s incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, has won a fifth term as President, extending his 30 years in office.

The BBC quotes the Elections Commission as saying the 71-year-old won 60.75% of the votes, while his nearest rival, Kizza Besigye, took 35%.

According to the reports, Mr. Museveni's supporters said his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress.

But, in his post-election statement, Mr. Besigye, who is under house arrest, said the results were a "sham", calling on the international community to reject them.

He said: "We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda."

The BBC says EU observers have also criticized the poll, saying the governing party had created an "intimidating atmosphere" and that the opposition alleged vote rigging.

EU Chief Observer, Eduard Kukan, said: “The Governing National Resistance Movement's "domination of the political landscape distorted the fairness of the campaign.”
The election has been marred by sporadic violence and opposition allegations of electoral fraud, with social media sites and messaging apps blocked.

Mr. Besigye was put under house arrest on Friday on the suspicion he would announce the results himself, breaking electoral laws, police said.

It is the fourth time Mr. Besigye, candidate for the opposition Forum for Democratic Change, has taken on President Museveni.

The two men were once allies, with Mr., Besigye serving Mr. Museveni as his personal doctor when they were guerrilla fighters.

Mr. Museveni seized power in 1986 and is credited with restoring stability to Uganda. However, critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian.

The next closest challenger to Mr. Museveni, former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi, is also reportedly under house arrest.
 

 


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