Uganda`s Museveni re-elected as President

Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 00:37

Kampala: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
cruised to a new five-year term on Sunday, taking more than two
thirds of the vote in elections the opposition said were
marred by fraud.

Museveni, 66, was comfortably re-elected at the helm of
the east African country, soon to become an oil-producing
nation, with 68.38 per cent of Friday`s vote, according to
full provisional results.

"The commission declares the candidate Yoweri Museveni
elected president of the Republic of Uganda," commission
chairman Badru Kiggundu said.

His main rival Kizza Besigye, who ran as the leader of
the Inter-party Cooperation (IPC) opposition platform, lost to
the veteran leader for the third time, after garnering only
26.01 per cent of the vote.

The turnout stood at 59.9 per cent, a weaker performance
than the 69 percent achieved during the 2006 presidential
election.

Reacting moments earlier to near-complete results by the
poll panel, Besigye listed a litany of irregularities --
before, during and after the elections -- and squarely refused
to concede.

"We categorically reject the outcome of the election," he
told reporters. "We reject the leadership of Mr Yoweri
Museveni and any person he may purport to appoint."

"We haven`t called anybody to the streets but certainly
we haven`t ruled it out," said Besigye, who heads the
Inter-party Cooperation (IPC) opposition platform.

Besigye claimed before the polls that only rigging could
deprive him of victory and had warned that Uganda was ripe for
an Egypt-style revolt after a quarter of a century under the
same ruler.

The electoral commission acknowledged some minor
irregularities but insisted they had been dealt with.

Poll observers reported some flaws in the electoral
process.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 00:37

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