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For the sixth time, the Ugandan President Museveni will rule for five years. His election victory is controversial, the opposition member Bobi Wine speaks of fraud.
Kampala (AP) – Uganda’s long-term ruler Yoweri Museveni has clearly won the presidential election in the East African country, according to official information. According to the election commission, the 76-year-old won 58.64 percent of the vote.
His challenger Bobi Wine, a 38 year old Popstar and MP, came in the election on Thursday to 34.83 percent, as the electoral authority announced on Saturday, the latter spoke of “widespread fraud” in the election.
Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, entered the race as the hope of a young generation frustrated by poor governance, corruption and slow progress. He had been given a good chance of winning in a free and fair election.
Museveni has been in power in Uganda for 35 years. He had the constitution changed so that he could run again. The election campaign was overshadowed by tension and violence. The Internet was largely restricted on election day, and social media were blocked at the beginning of the week. Wine said soldiers ransacked his Kampala residence on Friday night.
Museveni warned the opposition on Saturday of attempts to “cause chaos” after his re-election – security forces would be determined to crush them. “Nobody’s going to cause chaos here because we’re going to break anyone who tries, because it’s no fun.” The general secretary of Wines party National Unity Platform (NUP), David Rubongoya, told the dpa that security forces had started to arrest NUP members and supporters.
In addition to the president, the Ugandans also elected a new parliament. In the actually stable and peaceful country with 44 million inhabitants, there have been tensions for months. Security forces repeatedly took action against opposition supporters and candidates. Dozens of people died in protests in November. It was quiet in Kampala on Saturday. Citizens had been ordered to stay home and security guards patrolled the streets.
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