Ugandan leader endorsed for 4th presidential bid

Uganda`s ruling party has endorsed President Yoweri Museveni as its candidate for the 2011 polls.

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2010, 00:16 AM IST

Kampala: Uganda`s ruling party has endorsed
President Yoweri Museveni as its candidate for the 2011 polls.

Museveni was endorsed unopposed today during a conference
of the National Resistance Movement, says party
secretary-general Amama Mbabazi.

The Ugandan leader has been in power for 24 years.

Another 5-year term would give him three decades in power.

Museveni first seized power in 1986, then 10 years later ran
for and won his first election.

At the time he was hailed as one of a new breed of
African leaders for initiating a program of economic
liberalization and openly dealing with the AIDS scourge in his
country.

That perception changed when the parliament dominated by
Museveni`s party voted in 2005 to remove presidential term
limits, enabling him to run again.

PTI