Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Ugandan president 'wins election'

Uganda's election commission has announced that the long-time president won the election (AP)

Uganda's election commission has announced that the long-time president has won a recent poll, an outcome the opposition is rejecting.

The electoral commission said that President Yoweri Museveni won 68% of votes but his challenger Kizza Besigye claimed the election was fraudulent and rejected the results. The commission said Besigye took 26% of the vote.

Mr Besigye has previously threatened Egypt-style protests if the results are not in line with what he and his supporters believe are the true returns.

Mr Museveni, a former rebel commander who seized power at the head of a guerrilla army in 1986, once criticised African rulers who clung to power. But he sought another five-year term as a president who has fostered peace, stability and growth.

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