Uganda’s Presidential election results questioned

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Army soldiers (top) and military police officers (bottom) stand guard against supporters of Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), at a busy intersection in Kampala, Uganda, 20 February 2016. Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was declared the winner of the country's Presidential election on 20 February, extending his 30-year rule by winning 60.8 per cent of the vote while his main opponent Kizza Besigye won 35.4 per cent. Besigye, who was under house arrest as Museveni was declared the winner, has rejected the results and urged international community to do the same. The capital remained calm after the results announcement with heavy security presence.

The opposition, the EU, and the US and various human rights groups question the democratic “level-playing-field” credentials of the regime


One of the leaders of Uganda’s opposition is legally challenging the elections results of the February 16 Presidential elections. The incumbent, Yoweri Musavesi, came first, securing 60,8% of the vote, thereby renewing his 30-year reign. Musavesi has ruled Uganda since 1986.

Amama Mbabazi, who has in the past served as Musavesi’s Prime Minister (2011-2014) during is pursuing litigation. He is alleging voter bribery, threats, abusive language, and arrests of candidates and their supporters.

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