Police raid headquarters of Uganda’s main opposition party

Police raid headquarters of Uganda’s main opposition party

- Party headquarters of Uganda's main opposition raided

- Authorities say Mr. Museveni is in the lead

Mr. Beisyge is Museveni's main contender

Police raid headquarters of Uganda’s main opposition party

Police looking on after firing tear gas outside the opposition headquarters

Ugandan police have raided the headquarters of Uganda's main opposition party in the capital Kampala.

This comes a day after the tightly contested presidential elections and a day after social media was blocked for the elections by president Museveni.

The security forces also fired tear gas outside the offices of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), though it is unclear the reasons for their actions,  as official results show he is in the lead with 62% of the vote, while Mr Beisgye has 33%, with around a quarter of the votes counted.

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The FDC leader Kizza Besigye is President Museveni's main challenger in the election. Mr Museveni is running for a fifth term, after 30 years in power.

Voting is still taking place in a handful of places where the late arrival of election materials meant that polling stations did not open on Thursday.  The main contenders for the slot are :

Kizza Besigye, 59, a veteran opposition leader and once personal doctor to incumbent President Museveni. He has lost the last three elections

Amama Mbabazi, 67, is a former ally of President Museveni and once prime minister and also served as defence, security and justice ministers

Yoweri Museveni, 71, in power since winning a five-year guerrilla war in 1986 and he is one of Africa's longest-serving leaders. His final term was meant to end in 2006, but in 2005 he won a campaign to lift the constitutional term limits.

 

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