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Uganda’s Museveni Wins Re-election, Opposition Kicks Against Results

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni

Uganda’s electoral commission has named incumbent President Yoweri Museveni the winner in Thursday’s election, but the main opposition party is rejecting the results as fraudulent.

Mugisha Muntu, the chairman of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, said election results announced at the national tally center in Kampala were “inconsistent” with results declared at polling stations.

Muntu told VOA Saturday that the party is compiling evidence to show Ugandans and poll observers that the election was rigged in favor of Museveni.

“One thing we can say for sure, which is nothing new to our party supporters, is that the elections have been fraudulent,” Muntu said.

Uganda’s electoral commission said Saturday that Museveni won the election with nearly 61 percent of the vote, more than enough to secure a first-round victory. It said his strongest challenger, FDC candidate Kizza Besigye, won 35 percent.

Besigye, who was arrested while trying to hold a news conference Friday, remains under house arrest.



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