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Uganda’s president Museveni wins re-election

Uganda’s president Museveni wins re-election

dpa
Kampala
Uganda’s long-time president, Yoweri Museveni, has been re-elected with 5.85 million votes, or 58.64 per cent, the electoral commission said Saturday.
Museveni’s closest contender, Bobi Wine, a pop star-turned-politician whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, received 3.47 million votes or 34.83 per cent, according to the commission.
“The electoral commission declares Yoweri Museveni the elected president of the Republic of Uganda,” the chairman of the electoral commission, Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, said after announcing the results.
Wine, has alleged “widespread fraud” during the Thursday poll, which was seen as Uganda’s first election that posed a real threat to Museveni’s rule.
Museveni, 76, one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, who has held onto power for 35 years, has changed Uganda’s constitution to enable himself to run for yet another five-year term.  The election has been overshadowed by violence since campaigning began, with almost daily violence and tight police and military presence on election day.
Wine, who has the support of Uganda’s youth, said army troops raided his Kampala residence on Friday evening.
The internet was shut down across the country shortly before the start of voting, and the blackout remained in place.

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