Yoweri Museveni elected as Ugandan president for fifth term

Yoweri Museveni elected as Ugandan president for fifth term

-Mr. Museveni emerges winner in Uganda's 2016 elections

- Two of his contenders are reported to be under house arrest

- EU officials report that the elections were  characterized by fear and intimidation 

Yoweri Museveni elected as Ugandan president for fifth term

Mr. Museveni after casting his vote/ Credit:Reuters

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni , has been declared winner  of Thursday’s elections  which spanned till Saturday.

 

According to the election commission, the  71-year-old won 60.75% of the vote while his nearest rival Kizza Besigye took 35%, making him gain a fifth term slot  as president, while  extending his 30 years in office.

Mr Museveni's supporters said his opponents had failed to offer any chance of progress but Mr Besigye, who is under house arrest, said the results were a "sham", calling on the international community to reject them.

"We have just witnessed what must be the most fraudulent electoral process in Uganda," he said in a statement.

EU observers have also criticised the poll, saying the governing party had created an "intimidating atmosphere" and that the opposition alleged vote rigging. While praising the "remarkable determination" of Ugandans to vote, EU Chief Observer Eduard Kukan said the governing National Resistance Movement's "domination of the political landscape distorted the fairness of the campaign".

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Mr Besigye was put under house arrest on Friday on the suspicion he would announce the results himself, breaking electoral laws, police said. The next closest challenger to Mr Museveni, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, is also reportedly under house arrest.

It is the fourth time Mr Besigye, candidate for the opposition Forum for Democratic Change, has taken on President Museveni. The two men were once allies, with Mr Besigye serving as Mr Museveni as his personal doctor when they were guerrilla fighters.

Mr Museveni seized power in 1986 and is credited with restoring stability to Uganda. However, critics say he has become increasingly authoritarian.

The election has been marred by sporadic violence and opposition allegations of electoral fraud, with social media sites and messaging apps blocked.

 

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