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Ugandan leader Museveni declared winner of disputed polls

Published 20/02/2016

Ugandan police block the media and others from accessing opposition candidate Kizza Besigye (AP)
Ugandan police block the media and others from accessing opposition candidate Kizza Besigye (AP)

Long-time leader Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner of Uganda's presidential election, with more than 60% of the vote.

Mr Museveni's nearest rival, opposition leader Kizza Besigye, of the Forum for Democratic Change, won 35%.

The results have been rejected as fraudulent by Mr Besigye's party ahead of the announcement of the final results.

Mr Besigye himself was under house arrest as the final tally was announced.

The election on Thursday was marred by lengthy delays in the delivery of polling materials, some incidents of violence as well as an ongoing government shutdown of social media.

Mr Museveni, 71, has been in power since 1986.

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